Fabienne Schwab’s favorite structure is:

Gold face-centered cubic

Gold face-centered cubic

Source: 1. Goswami, A. M.; Ghosh, S., Biological Synthesis of Colloidal Gold Nanoprisms Using Penicillium citrinum MTCC9999. Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology 2013, 4, (2A), 20-27.


Nano-gold is an important model particle to study the – yet very poorly understood – uptake mechanisms of nanoparticles in plants. The unique, distinct and beautiful electron diffraction pattern of gold facilitates identification of the nanoparticles without doubt by means of a conventional electron microscope in the selected area electron diffraction mode. —Fabienne Schwab

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