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Light-Tunable Plasmonic Nanoarchitectures Using Gold Nanoparticle-Azobenzene-Containing Cationic Surfactant Complexes

  • When arranged in a proper nanoaggregate architecture, gold nanoparticles can offer controllable plasmon-related absorption/scattering, yielding distinct color effects that depend critically on the relative orientation and distance between nanoparticle constituents. Herein, we report on the implementation of novel plasmonic nanoarchitectures based on complexes between gold nanoparticles and an azobenzene-modified cationic surfactant that can exhibit a light-tunable plasmonic response. The formation of such complexes becomes possible through the use of strongly negatively charged bare gold nanoparticles (similar to 10-nm diameter) prepared by the method of laser ablation in deionized water. Driven by electrostatic interactions, the cationic surfactant molecules attach and form a shell around the negatively charged nanoparticles, resulting in neutralization of the particle charge or even overcompensation beyond which the nanoparticles become positively charged. At low and high surfactant concentrations, Au nanoparticles are negativelyWhen arranged in a proper nanoaggregate architecture, gold nanoparticles can offer controllable plasmon-related absorption/scattering, yielding distinct color effects that depend critically on the relative orientation and distance between nanoparticle constituents. Herein, we report on the implementation of novel plasmonic nanoarchitectures based on complexes between gold nanoparticles and an azobenzene-modified cationic surfactant that can exhibit a light-tunable plasmonic response. The formation of such complexes becomes possible through the use of strongly negatively charged bare gold nanoparticles (similar to 10-nm diameter) prepared by the method of laser ablation in deionized water. Driven by electrostatic interactions, the cationic surfactant molecules attach and form a shell around the negatively charged nanoparticles, resulting in neutralization of the particle charge or even overcompensation beyond which the nanoparticles become positively charged. At low and high surfactant concentrations, Au nanoparticles are negatively and positively charged, respectively, and are represented by single species due to electric repulsion effects having absorption peaks around 523-527 nm, whereas at intermediate concentrations, the Au nanoparticles become neutral, forming nanoscale 100-nm clusterlike aggregates and exhibiting an additional absorption peak at gimel > 600 nm and a visible change in the color of the solution from red to blue. Because of the presence of the photosensitive azobenzene unit in the surfactant tail that undergoes trans-to-cis isomerization under irradiation with UV light, we then demonstrate a light-controlled nanoclustering of nanoparticles, yielding a switch in the plasmonic absorption band and a related change in the solution color. The formed hybrid architectures with a light-controlled plasmonic response could be important for a variety of tasks, including biomedical, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), data transmission, and storage applications.show moreshow less

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Author:Liudmila LysyakovaORCiDGND, Nino Lomadze, Dieter NeherORCiDGND, Ksenia Maximova, Andrei V. Kabashin, Svetlana SanterORCiDGND
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1021/jp511232g
ISSN:1932-7447 (print)
Parent Title (English):The journal of physical chemistry : C, Nanomaterials and interfaces
Publisher:American Chemical Society
Place of publication:Washington
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2015
Year of Completion:2015
Release Date:2017/03/27
Volume:119
Issue:7
Pagenumber:9
First Page:3762
Last Page:3770
Funder:Volkswagen Foundation (Hannover, Germany); Helmholtz Graduate School for Macromolecular Bioscience (Berlin, Germany); French National Research of the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Physik und Astronomie
Peer Review:Referiert