Special Issue "Bottom-up Approach and Self-Assembled Nano-Structures for Plasmonics and Nano-Optics Applications"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Optics and Lasers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alessandro Belardini
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Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Applicate per l'Ingegneria – Sapienza Università di Roma, Roma, Italy
Interests: Plasmonics, Nanophotonics, Nonlinear Optics
Prof. Dr. Tomasz Szoplik
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland
Interests: Photonics, Optical processing, Optics, Non-linear optics, Plasmonics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanotechnology has gone beyond the limits that could be predicted a few years ago. Nanophotonic structures have come to such subtle details that allow to control the direction and polarization of light, both in the infrared and in the visible interval, through ultra-thin lenses or artificial materials with a negative index of refraction. These results have been obtained thanks to the development of the new generation electron beam and ion beam lithography machines with a top-down approach. The fields that have been benefit from this technology were the Plasmonic with increasingly small and precise nano-metal antennas and the Nano-Optics that arrive to identify single molecules. Nevertheless, the production of nanostructured materials on large surfaces and with low cost requires a different bottom-up approach that has been developed by self-assembling techniques. This is a very promising field that is still undergoing strong development. In particular were realised nanostructures as nano-spheres, dimers, nanowires, nanorods, chiral nano-helix and other self-assembled metal or semiconductor nanoparticles antennas, but also 3D crystals by using eutectic composites or colloidal phases or different copolymers. May be, the highest expression of such techniques is the DNA origami that opened the way to very exciting large amount of applications.

In this Special Issue we would like to review all the different self-assembly techniques with their applications in the fields of Plasmonics and Nano-Optics from nanoantennas, light manipulation, sensors, bio-sensensors and so on. In addition, we would like to present new contributions with papers devoted to recent results in this promising and rich field, in order to take a look at future developments of bottom-up approach.

If you feel that your contribution fit with the aim of this Special Issue, you are kindly invited to participate to this project.

Dr. Alessandro Belardini
Prof. Dr. Tomasz Szoplik
Guest Editors

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  • Self assembly
  • Nanophotonics
  • Plasmonics
  • Nano-optics
  • Bottom-Up approach

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