Surface plasmon band

July 20, 2013
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Cover imageIn this study, we demonstrate control over the localized surface plasmon band (SPB) of a micellar poly(styrene-block-4vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) copolymer thin film composite that includes Ag and Au nanoparticles (NPs) in the presence of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). Ag and Au NPs are preferentially located in the P4VP core and the PS corona of ordered spherical PS-b-P4VP copolymer micelles, respectively. This structure gave rise to a single SPB due to the coupling of Ag and Au SPBs. The non-covalent addition of SWCNTs in the block copolymer micelles shifts the coupled SPB to a lower wavelength. The maximum shift in the coupled SPB of approximately 30 nm was achieved in the PS-b-P4VP/Ag/Au NPs composite. The carbon nanotube induced modulation of the coupled SPB stems from the charge accumulation effect of the SWCNTs placed between the two types of nanoparticles.

Keywords

  • SWCNTs;
  • Block copolymer;
  • Micelles;
  • Ag and Au nanoparticles;
  • Surface plasmon band;
  • Nanocomposite;
  • Self assembly;
  • Metal nanoparticles;
  • Carbon nanotube
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