Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
Dr. Michael Leopold
Dr. Will Case
The growth of various multilayer‐polymer multilayer‐nanoparticle films was successfully achieved. Multilayer‐polymer multilayer‐nanoparticle films with 1, 3, and 5 polymer layers between nanoparticle layers exhibit significantly different optical properties due to the differences in magnitude of particle plasmon coupling. These film systems were also successfully extended to hollow gold nanoshells, which have significantly enhanced optical properties in comparison to solid gold nanoparticles of similar sizes. A proposal for utilizing this increased sensitivity of the gold nanoshells to explore the ‘microenvironments’ for optimizing potential sensing applications is also presented.
Day, Robert Watson, "Optical properties of multilayer-polyelectrolyte films with incorporated gold nanomaterials (solid nanoparticles and hollow nanoshells)" (2009). Honors Theses. 185.