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Correlating the 3D atomic structure of metal anisotropic nanoparticles with their optical properties

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address: PRINSSTRAAT 13
postcode: 2000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 160˙800 €
 EC max contribution 160˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2020-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN BE (ANTWERPEN) coordinator 160˙800.00


 Project objective

Metal nanoparticles (NPs) are intriguing systems due to their efficient interactions with light stemming from localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs), a phenomenon which is exploited in many applications in fields ranging from physics to biology and medicine. In particular, anisotropic shapes are interesting because of strong electromagnetic field enhancements at corners and tips. Next to monometallic NPs, bimetallic NPs offer an additional way of tuning the functionality and plasmon resonance and are advantageous for applications such as photocatalysis. Understanding the delicate interplay between particle morphology, composition and optical properties is of utmost importance in optimizing particle design for the desired applications. While optical properties of metal NPs have been related to structure by using surface imaging techniques like scanning electron microscopy (SEM), a complete connection to the atomically resolved 3D structure has never been accomplished. Here, I propose to investigate the correlation of the full atomic morphology (including composition) and optical properties of (bi)metallic NPs by single-particle optical experiments and electron microscopy techniques such as atomically resolved electron tomography. I will furthermore study the correspondence and differences between electronically-excited and optically-excited plasmon modes. The key aspect of the proposed research is that the correlated measurements will be performed, for the first time, on the same particle allowing for a full understanding of how the morphology and composition of a metal NP is related to its optical properties.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Patrick Spaeth, Subhasis Adhikari, Laurent Le, Thomas Jollans, Sergii Pud, Wiebke Albrecht, Thomas Bauer, Martín Caldarola, L. Kuipers, Michel Orrit
Circular Dichroism Measurement of Single Metal Nanoparticles Using Photothermal Imaging
published pages: 8934-8940, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b03853
Nano Letters 19/12 2020-02-13
2019 Alexander Skorikov, Wiebke Albrecht, Eva Bladt, Xiaobin Xie, Jessi E. S. van der Hoeven, Alfons van Blaaderen, Sandra Van Aert, Sara Bals
Quantitative 3D Characterization of Elemental Diffusion Dynamics in Individual Ag@Au Nanoparticles with Different Shapes
published pages: 13421-13429, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b06848
ACS Nano 13/11 2020-02-13
2018 Hans Vanrompay, Eva Bladt, Wiebke Albrecht, Armand Béché, Marina Zakhozheva, Ana Sánchez-Iglesias, Luis M. Liz-Marzán, Sara Bals
3D characterization of heat-induced morphological changes of Au nanostars by fast in situ electron tomography
published pages: 22792-22801, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c8nr08376b
Nanoscale 10/48 2020-02-13
2019 Wiebke Albrecht, Eva Bladt, Hans Vanrompay, Joshua D. Smith, Sara E. Skrabalak, Sara Bals
Thermal Stability of Gold/Palladium Octopods Studied in Situ in 3D: Understanding Design Rules for Thermally Stable Metal Nanoparticles
published pages: 6522-6530, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b00108
ACS Nano 13/6 2020-02-13

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