Feedback-driven self-assembly of symmetry-breaking optical metamaterials in solution

Sui Yang, Xingjie Ni, Xiaobo Yin, Boubacar Kante, Peng Zhang, Jia Zhu, Yuan Wang, Xiang Zhang

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Abstract

Thermodynamically driven self-assembly offers a direct route to organize individual nanoscopic components into three-dimensional structures over a large scale1-3. The most thermodynamically favourable configurations, however, may not be ideal for some applications. In plasmonics, for instance, nanophotonic constructs with non-trivial broken symmetries can display optical properties of interest, such as Fano resonance, but are usually not thermodynamically favoured4. Here, we present a self-assembly route with a feedback mechanism for the bottom-up synthesis of a new class of symmetry-breaking optical metamaterials. We self-assemble plasmonic nanorod dimers with a longitudinal offset that determines the degree of symmetry breaking and its electromagnetic response. The clear difference in plasmonic resonance profiles of nanorod dimers in different configurations enables high spectra selectivity. On the basis of this plasmonic signature, our self-assembly route with feedback mechanism promotes the assembly of desired metamaterial structures through selective excitation and photothermal disassembly of unwanted assemblies in solution. In this fashion, our method can selectively reconfigure and homogenize the properties of the dimer, leading to highly monodispersed aqueous metamaterials with tailored symmetries and electromagnetic responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1002-1006
Number of pages5
JournalNature nanotechnology
Volume9
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Yang, Sui ; Ni, Xingjie ; Yin, Xiaobo ; Kante, Boubacar ; Zhang, Peng ; Zhu, Jia ; Wang, Yuan ; Zhang, Xiang. / Feedback-driven self-assembly of symmetry-breaking optical metamaterials in solution. In: Nature nanotechnology. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 12. pp. 1002-1006.
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Yang, S, Ni, X, Yin, X, Kante, B, Zhang, P, Zhu, J, Wang, Y & Zhang, X 2014, 'Feedback-driven self-assembly of symmetry-breaking optical metamaterials in solution', Nature nanotechnology, vol. 9, no. 12, pp. 1002-1006. https://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2014.243

Feedback-driven self-assembly of symmetry-breaking optical metamaterials in solution. / Yang, Sui; Ni, Xingjie; Yin, Xiaobo; Kante, Boubacar; Zhang, Peng; Zhu, Jia; Wang, Yuan; Zhang, Xiang.

In: Nature nanotechnology, Vol. 9, No. 12, 01.01.2014, p. 1002-1006.

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