Using DNA to design plasmonic metamaterials with tunable optical properties

Kaylie L. Young, Michael B. Ross, Martin G. Blaber, Matthew Rycenga, Matthew R. Jones, Chuan Zhang, Andrew J. Senesi, Byeongdu Lee, George C. Schatz*, Chad A. Mirkin

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Epsilon-near-zero behavior and an optically metallic response are predicted using electrodynamics simulations in superlattices comprising silver nanoparticles. Programmable DNA-mediated assembly is used to synthesize both silver and binary silver-gold nanoparticle superlattices, which are characterized using small-angle X-ray scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and elemental mapping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-659
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 29 2014


  • DNA
  • electrodynamics simulations
  • metamaterials
  • nanoparticles
  • noble metals
  • plasmonic materials
  • structure-property relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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