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Yadong Yin is a professor of chemistry at UCR. Image credit: UCR/Yin lab
Product authentication at your fingertips

October 2, 2019

Imagine if water vapor in your breath or surrounding your fingertips revealed invisible patterns on commercial products —…
Chemists clarify a chiral conundrum

September 27, 2019

It’s always good when your intuition turns out to be right, but scientists at Rice University studying proteins…
Sticker makes nanoscale light manipulation easier to manufacture

August 27, 2019

Researchers have given sensors the ability to manipulate light better, thanks to a sticker in the center of…
Plasmonic pioneers fire away in fight over light

January 31, 2019

When you light up a metal nanoparticle, you get light back. It’s often a different color. That’s a…
Light triggers gold in unexpected way

December 4, 2018

Rice University researchers have discovered a fundamentally different form of light-matter interaction in their experiments with gold nanoparticles.…
Rice U. lab probes molecular limit of plasmonics

September 6, 2018

Rice University researchers are probing the physical limits of excited electronic states called plasmons by studying them in…
Nanocrystals Emit Light by Efficiently ‘Tunneling’ Electrons

July 24, 2018

Using advanced fabrication techniques, engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a nanosized device out…
Magnesium magnificent for plasmonic applications

May 25, 2018

Rice University researchers have synthesized and isolated plasmonic magnesium nanoparticles that show all the promise of their gold, silver and…
Doing the Nano-Shimmy – New device modulates light and amplifies tiny signals

April 10, 2018

Imagine a single particle, only one-tenth the diameter of a bacterium, whose miniscule jiggles induce sustained vibrations in…
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst

October 5, 2017

Individual nanoscale nuggets of gold, copper, aluminum, silver and other metals that capture light’s energy and put it…
Scientists announce the quest for high-index materials

July 22, 2017

A team of physicists featuring researchers from MIPT and ITMO University has conducted a comparative analysis of a range…
Beating the heat a challenge at the nanoscale

July 29, 2016

Rice University scientists who analyze the properties of materials as small as a single molecule have encountered a…
New Nanoscale Technologies Could Revolutionize Microscopes, Study of Disease

July 20, 2016

Research completed through a collaboration with University of Missouri engineers, biologists, and chemists could transform how scientists study molecules…
A sharper focus for plasmonic lasers

July 11, 2016

Lasers have become indispensable to modern life since they were invented more than fifty years ago. The ability…
Nano-hinge – lubricated by light

February 25, 2016

Nanomachines could take over a variety of tasks in future. Some day they may be able to perform…
Tiny octopods catalyze bright ideas

December 1, 2015

Nanoscale octopods that do double duty as catalysts and plasmonic sensors are lighting a path toward more efficient…
Rice researchers make ultrasensitive conductivity measurements

June 11, 2015

Researchers at Rice University have discovered a new way to make ultrasensitive conductivity measurements at optical frequencies on…
Researchers Synthesize Material For Efficient Plasmonic Devices in Mid-Infrared Range

February 17, 2015

A research team led by North Carolina State University has identified and synthesized a material that can be…
Measuring Absorption Maps and Spectra of Plasmonic Resonators with Nanoscale Resolution

September 11, 2014

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) and the University of Maryland have for the first time used…
Bottling Up Sound Waves

August 5, 2014

There’s a new wave of sound on the horizon carrying with it a broad scope of tantalizing potential…
Quantum Photon Properties Revealed in Another Particle—the Plasmon

April 4, 2014

For years, researchers have been interested in developing quantum computers—the theoretical next generation of technology that will outperform…
Crystals ripple in response to light: First propagating surface phonon polaritons in a van der Waals crystal

March 10, 2014

This image shows surface phonon polaritons launched by infrared light propagate across layers of hexagonal boron nitride, a…
Exciting plasmons: Researchers tackle the tiniest technology to make gadgets smaller, faster, more efficient

March 5, 2014

Exciting plasmons: It could impact everything from national defense, information technology, lighting, optics and imaging. University of Cincinnati…
Researchers time plasmon-generated electrons moving from nanorods to graphene

January 31, 2014

Plasmonic nanoparticles developed at Rice University are becoming known for their ability to turn light into heat, but…
Researchers model macroscale plasmonic convection to control fluid and particle motion

January 23, 2014

Co-authors (left to right) P. Vanka, K. Toussaint, A. Bhuiya, B. Roxworthy.   MechSE professors Kimani Toussaint and…
Understanding secondary light emission by plasmonic nanostructures may improve medical imaging

January 14, 2014

“Plasmonic nanostructures are of great current interest as chemical sensors, in vivo imaging agents, and for photothermal therapeutics,” explained David G.…
Alternative materials could bring ‘plasmonic’ technologies

September 13, 2013

Researchers are working on a range of options to overcome a fundamental obstacle in commercializing “plasmonic metamaterials” that…
Scientists demonstrate new method for harvesting energy from light

September 10, 2013

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated a new mechanism for extracting energy from light, a finding that could…
New Nanoscale Imaging Method Finds Application in Plasmonics

July 17, 2013

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have shown how…
A breakthrough in plasmonics

June 19, 2013

EPFL scientists have discovered how optical signal transmission can be controlled, paving the way for the integration of…
Scientists measure near-field behavior of semiconductor plasmonic microparticles

April 23, 2013

Recent progress in the engineering of plasmonic structures has enabled new kinds of nanometer-scale optoelectronic devices as well…
Metamaterials & Plasmonics: Overview of recent achievements

April 3, 2013

What do you know about metamaterials and plasmonics?  Well you’re about to learn a little more (or what those…
The world’s most sensitive plasmon resonance sensor inspired by ancient Roman cup

February 15, 2013

Utilizing optical characteristics first demonstrated by the ancient Romans, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have…
Graphene plasmonics beats the drug cheats

January 21, 2013

Wonder material graphene could help detect the presence of drugs or toxins in the body or dramatically improve…
Nanoparticles reach new peaks

January 4, 2013

Plasmonic gold nanoparticles make pinpoint heating on demand possible. Now Rice University researchers have found a way to selectively…
Multitasking plasmonic nanobubbles kill some cells, modify others

December 3, 2012

Researchers at Rice University have found a way to kill some diseased cells and treat others in the same sample…
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