Plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) represent an outstanding class of nanomaterials that have the capability to localize light at the nanoscale by exploiting a phenomenon called localized plasmon resonance. The book is aimed at reviewing recent efforts devoted to utilize NPs in many research fields, such as photonics, optics, and plasmonics. In this framework, particular interest is devoted to active plasmonics, a quite broad concept that indicates those applications in which NPs play an active role, like realization of gain-assisted means, utilization of NPs embedded in liquid crystalline and flexible materials, and exploitation of renewable solar energy. The book puts together contributions from outstanding research groups in the field of plasmonic nanomaterials all over the world. It provides basic and advanced knowledge in the fields of plasmonics, photonics, and optics and covers research on plasmonic nanomaterials for applications ranging from plasmonics to photonics.
Table of Contents
Optics and plasmonics of soft-nanostructured materials. Synthesis and surface engineering of plasmonic nanoparticles. Amorphous nanoparticle assemblies by bottom-up principles. Study of surfactant on nanoparticles and its optimization. A brief overview on synthesis and characterization of Nanomaterials. Plasmon-gain interplay in metastructures. Localized surface plasmons: a powerful tool for sensing. Self-organized plasmonic nanomaterials based on liquid crystals and metal nanoparticles. Tunable plasmonics based on liquid crystals. Nonlinear optical enhancement with plasmonic core–shell nanowires. Nanotechnology for renewable solar energy. Flexible plasmonics: fundamental and applied aspects.
Luciano De Sio is a senior research scientist at the Beam Engineering for Advanced Measurements Company, USA. He graduated in physics from the University of Calabria, Italy, in 2003 and did his PhD in science and technology of mesophases and molecular materials from the same university in 2006. He has extensive experience in the fields of plasmonics, optofluidics, polymers, and liquid crystals. He has coauthored 70 articles in physics, several book chapters, and 14 international patents and delivered more than 30 scientific communications at conferences. He is also the principal investigator of an international project of European Office of Aerospace Research & Development (EOARD), supported by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
"This book details the fundamental concepts, synthesis, and advanced analysis of several plasmonic nanomaterials. The authors explore in depth the applications of nanomaterials in photonics and spectroscopy, which will help lead advancements in biomedical research. It serves as both a teaching reference and a research guide."
— Dr. Praveen Pandojirao-S, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., USA
"This state-of the-art book introduces the reader to the interesting field of plasmonic nanomaterials. It covers different types of plasmonic nanoparticles used to produce different advanced materials, along with issues related to the synthesis–structure–processing–properties relationship of these nanoparticles. This pioneer book will become an important reference for any course in the field of nanomaterials."
— Dr. Vijay Kumar Thakur, Washington State University, USA