Nanopartz Hollow Gold Nanoshells

Nanopartz Hollow Gold Nanoshells are hollow spherical gold nanoparticles manufactured using proprietary methods that result in exact sizes, highly monodisperse sizes and shapes, long shelf lives, high surface reactivity, along with high electromagnetic enhancements for SERS and other Raman. This product is specifically for use in lateral flow where the density is reduced significantly, resulting in greater line contrasts. SPRs are from 550nm up to 850nm and shell thicknesses from 3 to 10nm.  Diameters range from 10 to 70nm. Every batch is completely characterized including size, monodispersity, aggregation, residual chemicals, and concentration. A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is provided for every order exhibiting TEM and UV-VIS images and data, as well as DLS data. Every product is in stock (99%) and is shipped same day. These particles are are available non-covalently capped with CTAB, citrate, and many other adsorbed polymers. These capping agents are readily replaced with covalent and charge chemistries. These particles also come with covalently coupled ligands.

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Gold Nanocubes UV VIS

Product Image Left to Right, A1H-550 to A1H-850, OD=1

Part # Diameter (nm) Shell Thickness (nm) Peak SPR Wavelength (nm) NPS/ml Molarity (pM) Moles Molar Ext. (M-1cm-1) Surface Area (nm2)
A1H-550 10 3 550 5.30E+12 8.80E+03 8.84E-12 1.13E+08 314
A1H-600 20 5 600 7.09E+11 1.20E+03 1.18E-12 8.46E+08 1256
A1H-650 30 5 650 2.61E+11 4.40E+02 4.35E-13 2.30E+09 2826
A1H-700 40 7 700 1.07E+11 1.80E+02 1.78E-13 5.61E+09 5024
A1H-750 50 7 750 6.33E+10 1.10E+02 1.06E-13 9.47E+09 7850
A1H-800 60 10 800 3.26E+10 5.40E+01 5.44E-14 1.84E+10 11304
A1H-850 70 10 850 2.28E+10 3.80E+01 3.79E-14 2.64E+10 11304


Gold Nanoparticles PEI
Gold Nanoparticles PAA
Gold Nanoparticles PAH
Gold Nanoparticles PVP
Gold Nanoparticles Citrate
Gold Nanoparticles CTAB
Gold Nanoparticles Nanopartz Carboxylic Acid
Nanopartz Carboxylic Acid


MW (g/mole)
Zeta Charge (mV)
Salt resistant?
Concentration Sensitive?
Easy to adsorb proteins?
Easy to thiolate?
Shelf Life at 4C
6 months
Nanopartz Carboxylic Acid
Less than Citrate
Better than Citrate
Better than Citrate
6 months
6 months
6 months
6 months
6 months
6 months



These hollow gold nanoshells are shipped in  DI water with no measurable residual reactants. These particles are not manufactured in citrate. Citrate and the other ligands are functionalized after manufacturing allowing for a minimal, controlled amount of ligand to be used.

Custom Formulation

Diameters 10 to 60nm with SPRs from 5500 to 800.  Other sizes are special order.  Please contact us.


This product is available in 5mL volumes and larger. For orders larger than 1L, or for orders amounting over 10L per annum, please contact sales for quantity pricing.


Standard sizes are in stock. Special order sizes are shipped in two weeks or less. All domestic shipments are sent Fed Ex Standard Overnight delivery, international Fed Ex Priority 2 day. No shipments on Fridays except for dried particles. Saturday shipping available for extra charge.


This product comes with different adsorbed ligands: our proprietary carboxylic acid, citrate, and with PEI, PAH, PAA, BSA, and PVP polymers.

Shelf Life/Storage Temperature

This product is guaranteed for six months and should be stored at 4 °C after opening. Care must be taken to only use sterile glassware when working with this product.


This product is known to be noncytotoxic unless shipped in CTAB. This product has been sterilized and is biological free.


This product is sterilized.


Every order comes with a Certification of Analysis that includes the following information. We use calibration traceable:

UV-VIS (Agilent 8453) for extinction and concentration measurements

NIR (Cary 500) for NIR extinction and concentration measurements

DLS (Malvern Nano ZS) for zeta potential measurement

ICP-MS (Varian 820-MS) for gold mass measurements

TEM (Phillips CM-100 100KV) for sizing

Gold Nanostars UV VIS


How do you size your gold nanoparticles? Does the size include the capping agent?

We use three methods to specify our gold nanoparticles; TEM, UV VIS, and DLS. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and we use a weighted system to take advantage of each methods strengths. In the end, we place the strongest weight to the TEM method, particularly since we use samples sizes greater than 50 particles for each lot.

Do you really provide a TEM for my specific lot?

Yes, and not just for 5-10 particles, rather 50-100 are standard.

What is OD?

Optical Density (OD) is measured by UV-VIS. An Optical Density OD=1 corresponds to a transmission of 10% through a 1cm cuvette. Optical Density is a nice unit to use since Optical Densities correlate linearly to concentration. So an Optical Density of 1.2 is equal to 1.2 times the concentration of a gold nanoparticle solution that has an Optical Density of 1. We use OD and concentration interchangingly as it is easier to refer to a solution of OD=1 rather than 2.35e12 nanoparticles. For all spheres up to 200nm, OD=1 does refer to 0.05mg/mL.

What is PDI?

PDI refers to polydispersity index and is equal to the standard deviation of the particle sizes divided by the average size.


"We were previously making our own gold nanoparticles using the commonly used technique of citrate reduction of Au(III). The colloids generated are broadly polydisperse, and we were concerned that our application of these particles in immuno-gold labeling of cells for optical coherence microscopy (OCM) would be utilizing only the large diameter tail of the distribution. We purchased the sampler package of NanoPartz gold spheres (30 nm, 50 nm, 70 nm, 90 nm) and examined each size carefully with dynamic light scattering, OCM, and spectrophotometry. Our measurements indicated diameters a couple nanometers larger than specifications (a result of measurements on the fully hydrated state?), and remarkable monodispersity - within specs. It is clear to us now that our early immuno-gold results were dominated by the largest diameter spheres of our early colloids. We are delighted by the NanoPartz monodisperse preparations and recommend them strongly!"

Dr. Richard C. Haskell 
Professor of Physics & Director of Physics Clinic 
Physics Department 
Harvey Mudd College

"The scientists at Nanopartz have developed a line of colloidal gold nanorods with extremely high monodispersity in size, shape, and mass. The surfactant layer is highly stable and readily displaced for biofunctionalization. In every test, in vitro and in vivo, these materials have exceeded our expectations."

Geoffrey A. von Maltzahn
NSF and Whitaker Graduate Fellow
Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies


Cellular uptake and toxicity of gold nanoparticles in prostate cancer cells: a comparative study of rods and spheres

A Malugin, H Ghandehari - Journal of Applied Toxicology, 2010 - Wiley Online Library
... Plain, PEGylated spherical and PEGylated rod GNPs were obtained from Nanopartz (Salt Lake ...
Determining the size and shape dependence of gold nanoparticle uptake into mammalian cells. ...
4. TEM images of PC-3 cells incubated with plain spherical gold nanoparticles 30 nm ...


Geometry and surface characteristics of gold nanoparticles influence their biodistribution and uptake by macrophages

MM Janát-Amsbury, A Ray, CM Peterson… - European Journal of …, 2011 - Elsevier
... PEGylated gold nanoparticles (spherical particles of 50 nm in diameter and rod-shaped particles
with reported dimensions of 10 × 45 nm) were purchased from Nanopartz, Inc. (Loveland, CO,
USA). Before used, gold nanoparticle samples were incubated with cell culture ...


A simple millifluidic benchtop reactor system for the high-throughput synthesis and functionalization of gold nanoparticles with different sizes and shapes

SE Lohse, JR Eller, ST Sivapalan, MR Plews… - ACS …, 2013 - ACS Publications
... from several retailers in concentrations of >30 ppm (Sigma-Aldrich, Nanopartz, Nanoseedz, etc.). ...
for AuNRs in 2005 (which uses sodium borohydride, rather than spherical AuNP seeds ... batch
syntheses, even though the reactor permits synthesis of gold nanoparticles at higher ...




The manufacturing method for these nanoparticles are based on our proprietary method. This invention allowed the first use of a reducing agent to be used at room temperature. Unlike citrate which is only a reducing agent at the boiling temperature of water - thereby quickly making non-monodisperse gold nanoparticles, our reducing agent works by slowing building nanoparticles from seed, atom by atom, over the course of up to hours. The result is a highly monodisperse product with unrivaled spherical shapes.

All of these "bare" particles are capped with ligands that are easily replaced with thiol and charge chemistries. We do not recommend using the carboxyl termination on our proprietary ligand as a conjugatable attachment.


Gold Nanobipyramid
  Nanopartz™Gold Nanoshells Other Technologies
Monodispersity High (<20%) Low (>15%)
Size Accuracy High (+/-5nm) Low
Linewidths Narrow Broad
Storage lifetime Years 6 months at 4C
Ability to ligand exchange Easy More difficult


  • Highly accurate and monodisperse in size, shape, and batch to batch uniformity.
    • Monodisperse sizes and shapes leads to better standards for electron microscopy and other diagnostics.
  • Accurate to +/- 5 nm in diameter.
    • More accurate sizing makes for better SPR matching for Surface Enhanced Raman Labels.
  • Size monodispersity better than 10% CV for many sizes.
    • Monodisperse sizes and shapes leads to better Resonance Light Scattering labels in sensitivity and multiplexing
  • Greater than 80% cubes.
  • Extremely stable.  Shelf life is greater than one year.  May be stored at room temperature for extended periods.
  • The light scattering power of a 60 nm gold particle is equivalent to ~5 X 105 fluorescein molecules.
  • Light scatter can be detected by the unaided eye at particle concentrations as low as 10-15 M (femtomolar) in suspension and as low as 0.005 particles/m2 on a transparent surface.
    • 105 better scattering power than fluorescein means lower limits of detection with simpler instrumentation.
  • Individual gold nanoparticles can be seen by eye in an inexpensive student microscope with simple dark field illumination allowing for very sensitive and inexpensive particle counting assays.
  • Different sized particles scatter different colors of light and therefore can be used as multicolor multiplexed labels.
  • Facile conjugations allow for coating of antibodies, receptors, ligands, DNA without affecting their light scattering properties.
  • Slightly negatively charged (reduced aggregation).
  • Facile synthesis.  Gold chemistry is well known.

Example part number is A1H-650-CIT-DIH-1-5-CS-EP where:

A1H - Product family number for Nanopartz Gold Nanostars

650 - Surface Plasmon Resonance

CIT - Capping ligand, in this case Citrate. Other choices are NPC, CTAB, PAA, PVP, PEI, PAH, PSS, BSA

DIH - Buffer, in this case 18MEG DI water. Other choices are PBS, MES, Sodium Borate, TRIS

1 - Optical Density, in this case OD=1

5 - Volume (mL). Other choices are 25mL.

CS - Certified Sterilized - Though the product come sterilized, this option includes testing and certification.

EP - Endotoxin Purified - The product is endotoxin purified and certified.

How to Order

Ordering by scrolling down and selecting the options from the selection below.

A1H-550 A1H-600 A1H-650 A1H-700
A1H-750 A1H-800 A1H-850  


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Example part number for a hollow gold nanoshell with a 650nm SPR, citrate capping agent, in water, at 5mL, with sterilization certificate, no endotoxin purification would be: A1H-650-CIT-DIH-1-5-CS
Surface Plasmon Resonance (Peak Absorbance Wavelength)
CIT (Citrate)
NPC (Nanopartz Carboxylic Acid
PEI (100K Polyethylenimine)
PAH (25K Polyallylamine hydrochloride)
PAA (10K Polyacrylic acid)
PVP (40K Polyvinylpyrrolidone)
BSA (Bovine Serum Albumin)
CTAB (Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide)
Tannic Acid
BARE (More than 75% direct gold surface available)
DIH (18MEG DD DI Water)
PBS (Phosphate Buffer Saline pH=7)
MES (pH=4.7)
SOBO (Sodium Borate pH=8.5)
TRIS (pH=7.2)
OD = Optical Density
1 OD = 0.05mg/mL Au