Plasmonic fluorescence enhancement by metal nanostructures: Shaping the future of bionanotechnology

Darvill, D., Centeno, A. and Xie, F. (2013) Plasmonic fluorescence enhancement by metal nanostructures: Shaping the future of bionanotechnology. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 15(38), pp. 15709-15726. (doi: 10.1039/c3cp50415h) (PMID:23579473)

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This review focuses on metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) and its current and future applications in biotechnology. The mechanisms of MEF are discussed in terms of the additional radiative and nonradiative decay rates caused by the close proximity of the metal. We then review the current MEF materials and structures that show promise in bioapplications. The use of electromagnetic modelling to predict fluorescent rate enhancement is then considered. We then give particular focus to the recent work carried out in the homogeneous fabrication of metal nanoparticles using colloidal lithography. It is concluded that the use of computational electromagnetic modelling alongside homogeneous fabrication techniques will lead to predictable and controllable MEF, paving the way for increased applications in biotechnology.

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Additional Information:We would like to thank the support of and the numerous useful discussions with Professors Mary Ryan, Jason Riley and Neil Alford. D. Darvill is supported by an EPSRC doctoral training grant from Department of Materials, Imperial College. F. Xie is supported by the Imperial College JRF and UK EPSRC Programme Grant (EP/G060940/1). A. Centeno and F. Xie are grateful for the financial support provided by the EPSRC's International Research Collaborations funding scheme.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Centeno, Dr Anthony
Authors: Darvill, D., Centeno, A., and Xie, F.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN (Online):1463-9084
Published Online:27 March 2013
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