Smart Nanoplasmonics for Biology and Chemistry (Laura Na Liu)
Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
The nanometer scale is where the chemistry, biology, and materials sciences converge. The subtopic of nanoplasmonics deals with localization and manipulation of light in a nanometer volume. The key material component for plasmonics is metals. The optical properties of metal nanoparticles have been an object of fascination since ancient times. When light interacts with a metal nanoparticle (for example a gold colloid in a stained church window), collective oscillations of conduction electrons known as particle plasmons are excited.
Functionalized metallic nanoparticle assemblies with well-designed configurations enable intriguing optical properties and offer a helpful hand for understanding profound biochemical behavior. Our group focuses on developing sophisticated and smart plasmonic nanostructures for
(I) answering structural biology questions
(II) answering catalytic chemistry questions in local environments