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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149233/lighting-up-long-range-charge-transfer-states-by-a-localized-plasmonic-field
#1
Zhen Xie, Sai Duan, Chuan-Kui Wang, Yi Luo
The long-range charge-transfer states in a donor-acceptor system exhibit well separated electron-hole pairs, but are often difficult to achieve by optical means owing to a very small overlap between the wave functions of the donor and acceptor. We have found that the introduction of a spatially confined plasmon can enhance the transition probability to the long-range charge-transfer states as it can effectively break the intrinsic symmetry selection rule imposed on the system. Meanwhile, the intensity borrowed from local excitations could also be selectively promoted, allowing the manipulation of the excited quantum states...
November 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149230/light-enhanced-energy-storage-ability-through-a-hybrid-plasmonic-ag-nanowire-decorated-hydroxide-skin-structure
#2
Liuyang Zhang, Diwen Shi, Tang Jiao Huang, Ruizhe Huang, Hao Gong
By decorating nickel copper hydroxide (NCH) with Ag nanowires (Ag NWs), a 1.7 fold enhancement in areal capacitance (5.4 F cm(-2)) and a 1.8 fold increment in gravimetric capacitance (3182 F g(-1)) under light illumination were achieved. The improved supercapacitor performances of the composites under visible-light illumination were demonstrated and a reasonable explanation for this newly-discovered phenomenon was proposed. The plasmonic effect of Ag NWs was demonstrated by hot-electron generation. The decorated Ag NWs served as a stimulus for redox reactions...
November 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148790/solid-state-dewetting-of-gold-aggregates-islands-on-tio2-nanorod-structures-grown-by-oblique-angle-deposition
#3
Shizhao Liu, Joel Plawsky
A composite film made of a stable, gold nanoparticle (NP) array with well-controlled separation and size atop a TiO2 nanorod film was fabricated via the oblique angle deposition technique (OAD). The fabrication of the nanoparticle array is based on controlled, Rayleigh-instability-induced, solid-state dewetting of as-deposited gold aggregates on the TiO2 nanorods. It was found that the initial spacing between as-deposited gold aggregates along the vapor flux direction should be greater than the TiO2 inter-rod spacing created by 80° OAD in order to control the dewetting and produce NP arrays...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148789/amphiphilic-n-heterocyclic-carbene-stabilized-gold-nanoparticles-and-their-self-assembly-in-polar-solvents
#4
Mina R Narouz, Chien-Hung Li, Ali Nazemi, Cathleen M Crudden
Soft matter-directed self-assembly of amphiphilic inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) has recently emerged as a promising approach to access NP ensembles with superior collective properties. While thiol-terminated molecules are primarily employed to tether the amphiphilic ligand to the metal, serious concerns remain regarding the stabilities of the resulting NPs and their corresponding superstructures. As an alternative to such ligands, we report the first example of amphiphilic N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148778/ligand-mediated-deposition-of-noble-metals-at-nanoparticle-plasmonic-hotspots
#5
Patrick J Straney, Nathan A Diemler, Ashley M Smith, Zachary E Eddinger, Matthew S Gilliam, Jill E Millstone
We report the use of gold nanoparticle surface chemistry as a tool for site-selective noble metal deposition onto colloidal gold nanoparticle substrates. Specifically, we demonstrate that partial passivation of the gold nanoparticle surface using thiolated ligands can induce a transition from linear palladium island deposition to growth of palladium selectively at plasmonic hotspots on the edges or vertices of the underlying particle substrate. Further, we demonstrate the broader applicability of this approach with respect to substrate morphology (e...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148741/controlling-association-and-separation-of-gold-nanoparticles-with-computationally-designed-zinc-coordinating-proteins
#6
Matthew J Eibling, Christopher M MacDermaid, Zhaoxia Qian, Christopher J Lanci, So-Jung Park, Jeffery G Saven
Functionalization of nanoparticles with biopolymers has yielded a wide range of structured and responsive hybrid materials. DNA provides the ability to program length and recognition using complementary oligonucleotide sequences. Nature more often leverages the versatility of proteins, however, where structure, assembly, and recognition are more subtle to engineer. Herein, a protein was computationally designed to present multiple Zn(2+) coordination sites and cooperatively self-associate to form an antiparallel helical homodimer...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146935/quantitative-evaluation-of-nanosecond-pulsed-laser-induced-photomodification-of-plasmonic-gold-nanoparticles
#7
Andrew M Fales, William C Vogt, Joshua Pfefer, Ilko K Ilev
The rapid growth of gold nanoparticle applications in laser therapeutics and diagnostics has brought about the need for establishing innovative standardized test methods for evaluation of safety and performance of these technologies and related medical products. Furthermore, given the incomplete and inconsistent data on nanoparticle photomodification thresholds provided in the literature, further elucidation of processes that impact the safety and effectiveness of laser-nanoparticle combination products is warranted...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146918/systematic-characterization-of-the-effect-of-ag-tio2-nanoparticles-on-the-performance-of-plasmonic-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
#8
Pascal Nbelayim, Go Kawamura, Wai Kian Tan, Hiroyuki Muto, Atsunori Matsuda
The use of plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) in an effort to enhance their power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) increases light absorbance of the cells but also affect their electron dynamics. This has contributed to the failure of plasmonic NPs to make the expected high impact of PCE enhancement. Herein, we investigated the wide range effects of plasmonic NPs on the performance of DSSCs, using extended characterization and a systematic approach. We prepared DSSCs using Ag@TiO2 NPs-doped TiO2 photoanodes...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146809/compacted-dimensions-and-singular-plasmonic-surfaces
#9
J B Pendry, Paloma Arroyo Huidobro, Yu Luo, Emanuele Galiffi
In advanced field theories, there can be more than four dimensions to space, the excess dimensions described as compacted and unobservable on everyday length scales. We report a simple model, unconnected to field theory, for a compacted dimension realized in a metallic metasurface periodically structured in the form of a grating comprising a series of singularities. An extra dimension of the grating is hidden, and the surface plasmon excitations, though localized at the surface, are characterized by three wave vectors rather than the two of typical two-dimensional metal grating...
November 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146806/full-momentum-and-energy-resolved-spectral-function-of-a-2d-electronic-system
#10
Joonho Jang, Heun Mo Yoo, L N Pfeiffer, K W West, K W Baldwin, Raymond C Ashoori
The single-particle spectral function measures the density of electronic states in a material as a function of both momentum and energy, providing central insights into strongly correlated electron phenomena. Here we demonstrate a high-resolution method for measuring the full momentum- and energy-resolved electronic spectral function of a two-dimensional (2D) electronic system embedded in a semiconductor. The technique remains operational in the presence of large externally applied magnetic fields and functions even for electronic systems with zero electrical conductivity or with zero electron density...
November 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144983/albumin-coordinated-assembly-of-clearable-platinum-nanodots-for-photo-induced-cancer-theranostics
#11
Yong'an Tang, Tao Yang, Qiaoli Wang, Xiaoyan Lv, Xue Song, Hengte Ke, Zhengqing Guo, Xiaoqing Huang, Jun Hu, Zifu Li, Peng Yang, Xiangliang Yang, Huabing Chen
Photoactive noble metal nanoparticles are of increasing importance toward personalized cancer therapy in the field of precision nanomedicine. A critical challenge remains in the exploration of clinically potential noble metal nanoparticles for highly efficient cancer theranostics. Here, we introduce albumin-coordinated assembly of clearable Pt nanodots (Pt-NDs) with monodisperse nanostructure as high-performance theranostic agents for imaging-guided photothermal tumor ablation. We precisely manipulate the reduction and growth of tetravalent Pt ions into ultrasmall nanodots through albumin-directed growth kinetics, thereby leading to the synthesis of monodisperse 6...
October 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144755/holographic-plasmonic-nano-tweezers-for-dynamic-trapping-and-manipulation
#12
Preston R Huft, Joshua D Kolbow, Jonathan T Thweatt, Nathan C Lindquist
We demonstrate dynamic trapping and manipulation of nanoparticles with plasmonic holograms. By tailoring the illumination pattern of an incident light beam with a computer-controlled spatial light modulator, constructive and destructive interference of plasmon waves create a focused hotspot that can be moved across a surface. Specifically, a computer-generated hologram illuminating the perimeter of a silver Bull's Eye nanostructure generates surface plasmons that propagate towards the center. Shifting the phase of the plasmon waves as a function of space gives complete control over the location of the focus...
November 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144729/an-optical-nanoantenna-for-single-molecule-based-detection-of-zika-virus-nucleic-acids-without-molecular-multiplication
#13
Sarah Elisabeth Ochmann, Carolin Vietz, Kateryna Trofymchuk, Guillermo P Acuna, Birka Lalkens, Philip Tinnefeld
Due to the limited signal-to-background ratio, molecular diagnostics requires molecular amplification of the target molecules or molecular signal amplification after target recognition. For direct molecular detection, we demonstrate a purely physical fluorescence enhancement process which can elevate the fluorescence signal of single fluorescent dyes by several orders of magnitude. To this end, DNA origami-based optical antennas with a height of around 125 nm are used, which utilize metallic nanoparticles to create a hotspot where fluorescence signals are enhanced by plasmonic effects...
November 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144283/large-purcell-enhancement-with-efficient-one-dimensional-collection-via-coupled-nanowire-nanorod-system
#14
Xueke Duan, Juanjuan Ren, Fan Zhang, He Hao, Guowei Lu, Qihuang Gong, Ying Gu
Combining the advantages of both gap surface plasmons and evanescent waves, we demonstrate simultaneously large Purcell enhancement and efficient one- dimensional collection of photons at subwavelength scale in the coupled nanowire- nanorod system. The spontaneous emission can be enhanced by thousands of times based on the excitation of gap surface plasmons with strongly localized electromagnetic field. Emitted photons are directly collected by subwavelength-confined evanescent modes and guided along the nanowire...
November 16, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144120/plasmon-induced-selective-enhancement-of-green-emission-in-lanthanide-doped-nanoparticles
#15
Weina Zhang, Juan Li, Hongxiang Lei, Baojun Li
By introducing an 18 nm-thick Au nanofilm, selective enhancement of green emission from Lanthanide-doped (β-NaYF4: Yb3+/Er3+) upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) is demonstrated. The Au nanofilm is deposited on a microfiber surface by the sputtering method and then covered with the UCNPs. The plasma on the surface of the Au nanofilm can be excited by launching a 980 nm-wavelength laser beam into the microfiber, resulting in an enhancement of the local electric field and a strong thermal effect. A 36-fold luminescence intensity enhancement of the UCNPs at 523 nm is observed with no obvious reduction in the photostability of the UCNPs...
November 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143012/%C3%AE-alanine-and-n-terminal-cationic-substituents-affect-polyamide-dna-binding
#16
Beibei Liu, Shuo Wang, Karl Aston, Kevin J Koeller, Shahrzad Fanny Hakami Kermani, Carlos H Castañeda, M José Scuderi, Rensheng Luo, James K Bashkin, W David Wilson
Minor-groove binding hairpin polyamides (PAs) bind specific DNA sequences. Synthetic modifications can improve PA-DNA binding affinity and include flexible modules, such as β-alanine (β) motifs to replace pyrroles (Py), and increasing compound charge using N-terminal cationic substituents. To better understand the variations in kinetics and affinities caused by these modifications on PA-DNA interactions, a comprehensive set of PAs with different numbers and positions of β and different types of N-cationic groups was systematically designed and synthesized to bind their cognate sequence, the λB motif...
November 16, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142807/silver-nanoparticle-human-hemoglobin-interface-time-evolution-of-the-corona-formation-and-interaction-phenomenon
#17
A K Bhunia, T Kamilya, S Saha
In this paper, we have used spectroscopic and electron microscopic analysis to monitor the time evolution of the silver nanoparticles (Ag NP)-human hemoglobin (Hb) corona formation and to characterize the interaction of the Ag NPs with Hb. The time constants for surface plasmon resonance binding and reorganization are found to be 9.51 and 118.48 min, respectively. The drop of surface charge and the increase of the hydrodynamic diameter indicated the corona of Hb on the Ag NP surface. The auto correlation function is found to broaden with the increasing time of the corona formation...
2017: Nano Convergence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141148/plasmonically-enhanced-galactoxyloglucan-endowed-gold-nanoparticles-exposed-tumor-targeting-biodistribution-envisaged-in-a-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-platform
#18
Manu M Joseph, Jyothi B Nair, Kaustabh Kumar Maiti, Sreelekha Therakathinal T
Biopolymer capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were perceived for tracing biodistribution in a solid tumor mice through surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) fingerprinting. In this strategy, a robust and ecofriendly green chemistry approach was adopted to construct galactoxyloglucan (PST001) endowed AuNPs (PST-GNPs) with cancer-cell-selective toxic nature and excellent biocompatibility. Plasmonically enhanced light scattering properties facilitated PST-GNPs to be a superior SERS substrate with high Raman signal enhancement...
November 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141140/n-heterocyclic-carbene-self-assembled-monolayers-on-gold-as-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensors
#19
Zhijun Li, Kim A Munro, Iraklii I Ebralidze, Mina R Narouz, J Daniel Padmos, Hongxia Hao, Cathleen M Crudden, J Hugh Horton
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based biosensing is a powerful tool to study the recognition processes between biomole-cules in real-time without need for labels. The use of thiol chemistry is a critical component in surface functionalization of various SPR biosensor surfaces on gold. However, its use is hampered by the high propensity for oxidation of the gold-thiol linkage even in ambient atmosphere, resulting in a short lifetime of SPR sensor chips unless strict precautions are taken. Herein, we describe an approach to overcome this limitation by employing highly robust self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of alkylated N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) on gold...
November 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140786/selection-of-an-anticalin%C3%A2-against-the-membrane-form-of-hsp70-via-bacterial-surface-display-and-its-theranostic-application-in-tumour-models
#20
Lars Friedrich, Petra Kornberger, Claudia T Mendler, Gabriele Multhoff, Markus Schwaiger, Arne Skerra
We describe the selection of Anticalins against a common tumour surface antigen, human Hsp70, using functional display on live E. coli cells as fusion with a truncated EspP autotransporter. While found intracellularly in normal cells, Hsp70 is frequently exposed in a membrane-bound state on the surface of tumour cells and, even more pronounced, in metastases or after radiochemotherapy. Employing a recombinant Hsp70 fragment comprising residues 383-548 as target, Anticalins were selected from a naive bacterial library...
November 27, 2017: Biological Chemistry
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