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Title: Plasmonic Metamaterial Gels with Spatially Patterned Orientational Order via 3D Printing

Abstract

Optical properties can be programmed on mesoscopic scales by patterning host materials while ordering their nanoparticle inclusions. While liquid crystals are often used to define the ordering of nanoparticles dispersed within them, this approach is typically limited to liquid crystals confined in classic geometries. In this work, the orientational order that liquid crystalline colloidal hosts impose on anisotropic nanoparticle inclusions is combined with an additive manufacturing method that enables engineered, macroscopic three-dimensional (3D) patterns of co-aligned gold nanorods and cellulose nanocrystals. These gels exhibit polarization-dependent plasmonic properties that emerge from the unique interaction between the host medium’s anisotropic optical properties defined by orientationally ordered cellulose nanocrystals, from the liquid crystal’s gold nanorod inclusions, and from the complexity of spatial patterns accessed with 3D printing. The gels’ optical properties that are defined by the interplay of these effects are tuned by controlling the gels’ order, which is tuned by adjusting the gels’ cellulose nanocrystal concentrations. Lithe optical responsiveness of these composite gels to polarized radiation may enable unique technological applications like polarization-sensitive optical elements.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [1];  [3];  [1]; ORCiD logo [4]
  1. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
  2. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States); Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)
  3. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States); King Faisal Univ., Hofuf (Saudi Arabia)
  4. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States); National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
OSTI Identifier:
1577909
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1577970; OSTI ID: 1830806
Grant/Contract Number:  
AR0000743
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
ACS Omega
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 24; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-1343
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Gels; plasmonic nanparticles; liquid crystals

Citation Formats

Hess, Andrew J., Funk, Andrew J., Liu, Qingkun, De La Cruz, Joshua A., Sheetah, Ghadah H., Fleury, Blaise, and Smalyukh, Ivan I. Plasmonic Metamaterial Gels with Spatially Patterned Orientational Order via 3D Printing. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1021/acsomega.9b02418.
Hess, Andrew J., Funk, Andrew J., Liu, Qingkun, De La Cruz, Joshua A., Sheetah, Ghadah H., Fleury, Blaise, & Smalyukh, Ivan I. Plasmonic Metamaterial Gels with Spatially Patterned Orientational Order via 3D Printing. United States. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.9b02418
Hess, Andrew J., Funk, Andrew J., Liu, Qingkun, De La Cruz, Joshua A., Sheetah, Ghadah H., Fleury, Blaise, and Smalyukh, Ivan I. Fri . "Plasmonic Metamaterial Gels with Spatially Patterned Orientational Order via 3D Printing". United States. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.9b02418.
@article{osti_1577909,
title = {Plasmonic Metamaterial Gels with Spatially Patterned Orientational Order via 3D Printing},
author = {Hess, Andrew J. and Funk, Andrew J. and Liu, Qingkun and De La Cruz, Joshua A. and Sheetah, Ghadah H. and Fleury, Blaise and Smalyukh, Ivan I.},
abstractNote = {Optical properties can be programmed on mesoscopic scales by patterning host materials while ordering their nanoparticle inclusions. While liquid crystals are often used to define the ordering of nanoparticles dispersed within them, this approach is typically limited to liquid crystals confined in classic geometries. In this work, the orientational order that liquid crystalline colloidal hosts impose on anisotropic nanoparticle inclusions is combined with an additive manufacturing method that enables engineered, macroscopic three-dimensional (3D) patterns of co-aligned gold nanorods and cellulose nanocrystals. These gels exhibit polarization-dependent plasmonic properties that emerge from the unique interaction between the host medium’s anisotropic optical properties defined by orientationally ordered cellulose nanocrystals, from the liquid crystal’s gold nanorod inclusions, and from the complexity of spatial patterns accessed with 3D printing. The gels’ optical properties that are defined by the interplay of these effects are tuned by controlling the gels’ order, which is tuned by adjusting the gels’ cellulose nanocrystal concentrations. Lithe optical responsiveness of these composite gels to polarized radiation may enable unique technological applications like polarization-sensitive optical elements.},
doi = {10.1021/acsomega.9b02418},
journal = {ACS Omega},
number = 24,
volume = 4,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {11}
}

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