Author

Georo Zhou

Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2012

Capstone Advisor

Professor Radhakrishna Sureshkumar

Honors Reader

Professor Patrick T. Mather

Capstone Major

Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Capstone College

Engineering and Computer Science

Audio/Visual Component

no

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

no

Honors Categories

Sciences and Engineering

Subject Categories

Chemical Engineering | Other Chemical Engineering

Abstract

The invention of plasmonic nanogels (PNG) opens up the field of nanotechnology to a wide variety of applications such as, enhanced light trapping in solar cells, design of smart glasses, chemical detection, and optofluidic devices. In this work, it was determined that, the synthesis of a nanoparticle-micelle network in a fluid state is performed with the ability to suspend metal nanoparticles in a gel-like solution in a stable fashion. Furthermore, the stable suspension of the nanoparticles in the fluidic system allows the user to easily tune the PNG’s optical and rheological properties by controlling the concentration of the nanoparticles and salts within the PNGs. Ultimately, the control of such properties enables the PNG to be used for many desirable applications.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

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