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Title: Distance control in-between plasmonic nanoparticles via biological and polymeric spacers
Authors: Yu, X
Lei, DY
Amin, F
Hartmann, R
Acuna, GP
Guerrero-Martinez, A
Maier, SA
Tinnefeld, P
Carregal-Romero, S
Parak, WJ
Keywords: Biological linkers
Colloidal nanoparticles
Plasmonics
Polymeric linkers
Size distribution
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
Source: Nano today, 2013, v. 8, no. 5, p. 480-493 How to cite?
Journal: Nano Today 
Abstract: For detailed experimental studies about the electromagnetic coupling between plasmonic nanoparticles, precisely-controlled nanoparticle groupings with adjustable inter-particle distance would be required. In the present review article, the possibilities of generating such groupings by using biological and polymeric spacers in between the nanoparticles are described. In particular, streptavidin-biotin and DNA are discussed as biological spacers, and layer-by-layer (LbL) assembled films as polymeric spacers. The concepts are visualized by experimental data, which also point out the pitfalls and current limits of such approaches. Calculation results reveal that while small variations in the diameter of plasmonic cores lead to small changes, small variations in the inter-particle distance due to soft linkers result in significant changes in plasmonic coupling. In the case of protein-based spacers, nonspecific adsorption has to be considered as an obstacle for the formation of controlled groupings.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/25875
ISSN: 1748-0132
DOI: 10.1016/j.nantod.2013.09.001
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