Plasmonic nanoparticles have been the subject of extensive research owing to their remarkable optical properties, known as localized surface plasmon (LSP). LSP is characterized by (i) a strong light absorption and scattering of the light depending on the geometrical parameters of nanoparticles and (ii) a strong amplification of the local field in the vicinity of nanoparticles. Quite recently, it was shown that the activation and the initiation of chemical reactions or physical processes can be facilitated using LSP excitation. Such exploitation presents two main advantages: an enhanced yield and a fine control of chemical reactions at the nanoscale. These topics have become very active and are in line with molecular plasmonics. This book explores this new field and provides a broad view on the exploitation of plasmonics in chemical and biological fields. In particular, it emphasizes that LSP excitation can be employed as a tool to promote and probe specific physical, chemical, or biological effects at the nanoscale.
- Presents an overview of the field of molecular plasmonics
- Discusses the use of the plasmon to induce local chemical reaction or to probe some biological processes
- Book chapters written by internationally recognized specialists in the field
“Following the discovery of plasmonic enhancement, an interdisciplinary community dedicated a strong effort to apply this phenomenon to biochemical detection. The success was so relevant that now we can talk about theranostics in medicine, an approach crucially based on the plasmonic local field enhancement. This compendium will be a useful reference for students and researchers who want to enter this research area and utilize the advances and extend the knowledge to future applications in this fertile field.”~Prof. Enzo Di Fabrizio, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia