Noble Metal Nanomaterials

Shape and size dependent properties of metal nanoparticles serve immense application possibilities. Noble metal nanomaterials, in particular, are enjoying the well-deserved attention steaming from their unique properties that make them desirable for applications such as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy, catalysis and cancer therapy. Surface of the noble metal nanoparticles also plays an important role on enhancing particles’ functionalities and controlling the properties (e.g. reactivity, stability, electronic structures, etc.) to fit to a particular application. Therefore, possibilities of chemical modification of the nanoparticle surface lead to development of new research fields where the functionalized particles can be used in construction of super lattices, targeted drug delivery, therapeutic agents in cancer imaging, etc.

Our research focus on optimizing synthesis and structure of anisotropic shaped noble metal nanoparticles, developing new techniques for synthesizing new nanostructures and investigating their applications in nanotechnology.



  • Synthesis of tin oxide-coated gold nanostars and evaluation of their surface-enhanced Raman scattering activities,
    A. Elci, O. Demirtas, I. M. Ozturk, A. Bek, E. N. Esenturk, Journal of Materials Science,  2018, 53, 16345


  •  Growth of branched gold nanoparticles on solid surfaces and their use as surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates,
    N. I. Evcimen, S.Coskun, D. Kozanoglu, G. Ertas, H. E. Unalan, E. N. Esenturk, RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 101656


  • A Functional Immobilization Matrix Based on a Conducting  Polymer and Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles: Synthesis and its Application as an Amperometric Glucose Biosensor,
    M. Kesik, F. E. Kanik, G. Hizalan, D. Kozanoglu, E. N. Esenturk, S. Timur, L. Toppare, Polymer, 201354, 4463


  • Power Conversion Efficiency Enhancement of Organic Solar Cells by Addition of Gold Nanostars, Nanorods, and Nanospheres,
    D. Kozanoglu, D. H. Apaydın, A. Cirpan, E. N. Esenturk, Organic Electronics, 201314, 1720–1727


  • Gold Nanostar @ Iron Oxide Core-Shell Nanostructures: Synthesis, Characterization and Demonstrated Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Properties,
    E. N. Esenturk, A. Hight-Walker, Journal of Nanoparticle Research2013, 15, 1364


  • Gold Nanowires with Aspect Ratio and Morphological Purity: Synthesis, Characterization, and Evaluation of Parameters,
    E. Dertli, S.Coskun,  E. N. Esenturk, Journal of Materials Research, 2013, 28, 250


  • Surface Enhaced Raman Scattering Studies via Gold nanostars,
    E. N. Esenturk, A. Hight-Walker, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy2009, 40, 86