Light Driven Design of Dynamical Thermosensitive Plasmonic Superstructures: A Bottom-Up Approach Using Silver Supercrystals

Abstract : When narrowly distributed silver nanoparticles (NPs) are functionalized by dodecanethiol, they acquire the ability to self-organize in organic solvents into 3D supercrystals (SCs). The NP surface chemistry is shown to introduce a light-driven thermomigration effect, thermophoresis. Using a laser beam to heat the NPs and generate steep thermal gradients, the migration effect is triggered dynamically, leading to tailored structures with high density of plasmonic hot spots. This work describes how to manipulate the hot spots and monitor the effect by holography, thus providing a complete characterization of the migration process on a single object basis. Extensive single object tracking strategies are employed to measure the SCs trajectories, evaluate their size, drift velocity magnitude and direction, allowing the identification of the physical chemical origins of the migration. The phenomenon is shown to happen as a result of the combination of thermophoresis (at short length scales) and convection (long-range), and does not require a metallic substrate. This constitutes a fully optical method to dynamically generate plasmonic platforms in situ and on demand, without requiring substrate nanostructuration and with minimal interference on the chemistry of the system. The importance of the proof-of-concept herein described stems from the numerous potential applications, spanning over a variety of fields such as microfluidics and biosensing.
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Vitor Brasiliense, Pascal Berto, Pierre Aubertin, Emmanuel Maisonhaute, Catherine Combellas, et al.. Light Driven Design of Dynamical Thermosensitive Plasmonic Superstructures: A Bottom-Up Approach Using Silver Supercrystals. ACS Nano, American Chemical Society, 2018, 12 (11), pp.10833-10842. ⟨10.1021/acsnano.8b03140⟩. ⟨hal-01944212⟩

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