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Tuning Localized Surface Plasmon Resonances by Self-Assembly in Multi- Metal Nanostructures

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2017
EventInternational Symposium on DSA - University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
Duration: 17 Sep 201719 Sep 2017
Conference number: 3


ConferenceInternational Symposium on DSA
Abbreviated titleDSA2017
CountryUnited States
Internet address


Block copolymers together with conventional nanolithography offer an intriguing possibility to realize complex photonic nanostructures that would otherwise be impossible or extremely difficult to manufacture. Sub-wavelength nanostructures made of noble metals exhibit localized surface plasmon resonances that can be tailored by tuning the geometry of the
structures. We demonstrate that combining plasmonic nanoarrays with block copolymer self-assembly allows realization of multi-metal structures that display altered optical behavior.

A high speed electron-beam lithography technique (Dots-On-The-Fly) was used to fabricate arrays of thin, plasmonic gold structures, which then acted as a directing template for the self-assembly of asymmetric poly(styrene-b-2-vinyl pyridine) (PS-P2VP). Solvothermal annealing resulted in the PS-P2VP assembling in the gap regions of the plasmonic structures. The P2VP domains could then be converted into a variety of metals such as Au, Ag or Pt to populate the gap with plasmonic nanoparticles. 3D and 2D computational modeling was used to estimate the effects of geometry and material combinations on the far field spectrum and the local field-enhancement in the gap. Self-assembled
multimaterial plasmonic devices have various applications in near field sensing, nonlinear optical interactions and photocatalysis.