Special Issue "Nanophotonic Materials"


A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Lorenzo Rosa
Swinburne University of Technology, Centre for Micro-Photonics, P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia
Website: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/engineering/cmp/profile.php?member=lrosa
E-Mail: lrosa@ieee.org
Phone: +61 3 9214 8619
Fax: +61 3 9214 5435
Interests: numerical methods for electromagnetics; photonic crystals; fiber optics; integrated optics; plasmonics; sensing; solar energy harvesting; nano-antennas; MEMS; opto-mechanics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The nanophotonics field has produced a decade of breakthrough research results fostered by advances in nanofabrication techniques, providing optical functionalities not easily available from conventional optical materials, through precise tailoring at the nanometer level for novel physical properties.

3D photonic crystals are advancing as powerful tools to control the dispersion and distribution of light, as a platform to increase efficiency of optical devices in lighting, solar, and all-optical processing of information.

When the periodic arrangement is extended to hybrid elements such as dielectric/metal and organic/inorganic combinations, the properties of the resulting nanoscale confinement of light leads to multi-functional nanomaterials, such as semiconductor/metal oxides and plasmonic metamaterials.

The introduction in such a domain of active materials like doped semiconductors and nanocrystallites in optical waveguides, further enables electrical pumping for optical gain and quantum optical effects.

This Special Issue is dedicated to the most recent progress and emerging novel applications of nanomaterials, with special focus on advanced light processing abilities.

Dr. Lorenzo Rosa

Guest Editor


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  • active nanomaterials
  • nano-metamaterials
  • photonic crystals
  • nanofabrication and synthesis
  • modeling and simulation

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Nanomaterials 2015, 5(1), 376-385; doi:10.3390/nano5010376
Received: 16 January 2015 / Revised: 13 March 2015 / Accepted: 17 March 2015 / Published: 19 March 2015
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Thermal emission control via bandgap engineering in aperiodically designed nanophotonic devices
Enrique Maciá
Depto. Física de Materiales, Facultad CC, Físicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, E-28040 Madrid (Spain); E-Mail: emaciaba@fis.ucm.es
Aperiodic photonic crystals can open up novel routes for more efficient photon management due to increased degrees of freedom in their design along with the unique properties brought about by the long-range aperiodic order as compared to their periodic counterparts [1-6]. In this work we first describe the fundamental notions underlying the idea of thermal emission/absorption control on the basis of the systematic use of aperiodic multilayer designs in photonic quasicrystals. Then, we illustrate the potential applications of this approach in order to enhance the performance of daytime radiative coolers [7,8] and solar thermoelectric energy generators [9-11].

1. Maciá, E. (2006) The role of aperiodic order in science and technology, Rep. Prog. Phys. 69, 397-441.
2. Maciá, E. (2009) Aperiodic Structures in Condensed Matter: Fundamentals and Applications (Taylor & Francis CRC, Boca Raton, FL).
3. Gaponenko, S. V. (2010) Introduction to Nanophotonics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge).
4. Dal Negro L. and Boriskina S. V. (2011) Deterministic aperiodic nanostructures for photonics and plasmonic applications, Laser Photonics Rev. 6, 178-218 ;DOI 10.1002/lpo.201000046
5. Maciá, E (2012) Exploiting aperiodic designs in nanophotonic devives, Rep. Prog. Phys. 75, 036502
6. Dal Negro L. (ed) (2014) Optics of Aperiodic Structures: Fundamentals and Device Applications (Pan Stanford Pub).
7. Rephaeli E, Raman A. P., and Fan S. (2013) Ultrabroadband photonic structures to achive high-performance daytime radiative cooling, Nano Letters 13, 1457-1461.
8. Raman A. P., Anoma M. A., Zhu L, Rephaeli E, and Fan S. (2014) Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight, Nature (London) 415, 540-545
9. Chen G. (2011) Theoretical efficiency of solar thermoelectric energy generators, J. Appl. Phys. 109, 104908
10. de Leon M. T., Chong H. Ad Kraft M. (2014) Solar thermoelectric generators fabricated on a silicon-on-insulator substrate, J. Micromech. Mocroeng. 24, 085011
11. Guo M., Xie K., Wang Y., Zhou L., and Huang H. (2014) Aperiodic TiO2 nanotuve photonic crystal: Full-visible-spectrum solat light harvesting on photonic devices, Sci. Rep. 4, 6442 DOI: 10.1038/srep06442.

Type of Paper: Article
Plasmonic nanomaterials: A new route for biology and medicine
Luciano De Sio1*, Giulio Caracciolo2, Ferdinanda Annesi3, Tiziana Placido4, 5, Daniela Pozzi2, Roberto Comparelli5,  Alfredo Pane3,  Maria Lucia Curri5, Roberto Bartolino3, 6, 7
1Beam Engineering for Advanced Measurements Company, Winter Park, Florida 32789, USA
Dipartimento di Medicina Molecolare, Sapienza Università di Roma, Viale Regina Elena 291, 00161, Roma
CNR-IPCF UOS Cosenza - 87036 Arcavacata di Rende, Italy
Università degli Studi di Bari – Dip. Chimica, Via Orabona 4, 70126 - Bari, Italy
CNR-IPCF Istituto per i Processi Chimici e Fisici, Sez. Bari, c/o Dip. Chimica Via Orabona 4, 70126 - Bari, Italy
Department of Physics - University of Calabria Centre of Excellence for the Study of Innovative Functional Materials 87036 Arcavacata di Rende, Italy
Centro Linceo of the National Academy dei Lincei, Rome
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Plasmonic metallic nanoparticles (NPs) are a particular class of nanomaterials which has the capability to localize light down to the nanoscale by exploiting a phenomenon called Localized Plasmon Resonance (LPR). In the last years, NPs have been used in therapeutics by triggering drug release or enhancing ablation of diseased tissues, while minimizing damage to healthy tissues. Here, we give an overview on our recent efforts devoted to study the exploitation of NPs for applications in the field of biology and medicine. Firstly, we have combined NPs and a human genomic DNA exploiting the possibility to realize applications ranging from biologically inspired metamaterials to Plasmonic Gene Theraphy (PGT).  In a second step, we have advanced a breakthrough in the field of “Plasmonic Photo-Thermal Theraphy ” by realizing an experimental method for measuring the nanoscale photo-heating induced by a Near Infrared (NIR) radiation, acting on NPs surrounded by a thermo-sensitive material, which operates as a nanoscale thermometer. Relevance is in the observation that NPs can be delivered to tumor cells, and an efficient and controlled conversion of NIR radiation into heat opens the way for a new “drug-free” cancer therapy.

Last update: 20 January 2015

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