Correlated Structure-Function Study of Single Metallic Nanoparticles

The focus of nanoplasmonic research in the Van Duyne group is to thoroughly study the structure (shape, size) – function (Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR)) relationship for noble metal nanoparticles. Our goal is to understand and predict plasmonic properties in order to engineer particles displaying large surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) enhancement and high refractive index sensitivity (RIS). We have developed high throughput correlative LSPR/TEM/(SERS or RIS) methods based on pattern matching of Rayleigh scattering and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images to identify, characterize, and image single ‘nanoantennas’. Computational work (FDTD and FEM calculations) is performed in collaboration with the Schatz group.

Tyler Ueltschi, 3rd year graduate student



Recent Publications:

“LSPR Imaging of Triangular Nanoprisms: Correlating Plasmon Spectra with Structure using Electrodynamics for Plasmon Lifetime Analysis,” J. M. Bingham, A.-I. Henry, M. G. Blaber, G. C. Schatz, and R. P. Van Duyne, J. Phys. Chem. C, 116, 393-403 (2012)

“Correlated Structure and Optical Property Studies of Plasmonic Nanoparticles,” A-I. Henry, J. M.  Bingham, E. Ringe, L. D. Marks, G. C. Schatz, and R. P. Van Duyne, J. Phys. Chem. C, 115, 9291-9305 (2011)

“Single-Molecule Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Crystal Violet Isotopologues: Theory and Experiment,” S. L. Kleinman, E. Ringe, N. Valley, K. L. Wustholz, E. Phillips, K. A. Scheidt, G. C. Schatz, and R. P. Van Duyne, J. Am. Chem.Soc., 133, 4115-4122 (2011)

“Unraveling the Effects of Size, Composition, and Substrate on the Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Frequency of Gold and Silver Nanocubes: A Systematic Single Particle Approach,” E Ringe, J. M. McMahon, K. Sohn, C. Cobley, . Xia, J. Huang, G. C. Schatz, L. D. Marks and R. P. Van Duyne, J. Phys. Chem. C, 114, 12511-12516 (2010).


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  • Professor Richard Van Duyne

    Additional Information

    Discoverer of Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (1977)
    Inventor of Nanosphere Lithography (1995) & Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy (2000)

  • Group Members

    Professor Van Duyne has, in his career to date, advised a total of 87 graduate students and 47 postdoctoral fellows. Every year, Professor Van Duyne gives a talk to introduce new graduate students to our research. The 2017 seminar slides are available here.

  • News

    Professor Van Duyne was recently named a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct "high risk, high payoff" basic scientific research. Read more here