January 13, 2023
Journal Article

Nanophotonics for Chemical Imaging and Spectroscopy


The manipulation of light and light-matter interactions on the nanoscale is enabled by the unique optical properties of plasmonic metal nanostructures and nanoparticles. Indeed, engineered hybrid molecular-plasmonic nanostructures have enabled single molecule detection and identification via surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). , The same effect is at the core of visualizing single molecules with sub-nanometer spatial resolution via tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS). , , More generally, modern applications of plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy and microscopy fueled advances in fields as diverse as quantum and semiconductor materials, heterogeneous catalysis, and the health sciences, to name a few. , All these exciting developments and many more are touched in this virtual special issue (VSI) on nanophotonics. From ultra-precise chemical imaging measurements performed in a scanning tunneling microscope chamber3-5 to single molecule spectroscopic measurements performed at solid-air and solid-liquid interfaces, , this VSI includes contributions from active practitioners that are all striving to better-understand increasingly complex interfaces encountered in the biological, materials, and chemical sciences, see Figure 1.

Published: January 13, 2023


El-Khoury P.Z., N. Jiang, and Z. Schultz. 2022. Nanophotonics for Chemical Imaging and Spectroscopy. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 126, no. 4141:17471–17473. PNNL-SA-177674. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.2c06603

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