Plasmonic coupling induced by growing processes of metal nanoparticles in wrinkled structures and driven by mechanical strain applied to a polidimethisiloxisilane template

Cataldi Ugo, Buergi Thomas


We report the mechanical control of plasmonic coupling between gold nanoparticles (GNPs) coated onto a large area wrinkled surface of an elastomeric template. Self-assembly and bottom-up procedures, were used to fabricate the sample and to increase the size of GNPs by exploiting the reduction of HAuCl4 with hydroxylamine. The elastic properties of template, the increase of nanostructure size joined with the particular grating configuration of the surface have been exploited to trigger and handle the coupling processes between the nanoparticles.

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