CPLAS researchers publish an overview of the developments of molecular plasmonics with metamaterials.

Molecular plasmonics deals with the interactions between surface plasmons and molecules. The field has received enormous interest in fundamental research and found numerous technological applications.

Plasmonic metamaterials, offer rich opportunities to control the light intensity, field polarization, and local density of electromagnetic states on subwavelength scales, provide a versatile platform to enhance and tune light-molecule interactions. A variety of applications, including spontaneous emission enhancement, optical modulation, optical sensing, and photoactuated nanochemistry, have been reported by exploiting molecular interactions with plasmonic metamaterials.

Published in ACS Chemical Review, the CPLAS team provides a comprehensive overview of molecular plasmonics with metamaterials including:

  • Optical properties of plasmonic metamaterials
  • Fabrication approaches
  • Light-molecule interactions in both weak and strong coupling regimes
  • Exploitation of molecules for applications (emission control, optical modulation, optical sensing)
  • The role of hot carriers generated for use in nanochemistry
  • Perspectives on the future development of molecular plasmonics with metamaterials
  • The use of molecules in combination with designer metamaterials provides a rich playground both to actively control metamaterials using molecular interactions and, in turn, to use metamaterials to control molecular processes.

You can read the review Molecular Plasmonics with Metamaterials on the Chemical Review website:


Pan Wang, Alexey V. Krasavin, Lufang Liu, Yunlu Jiang, Zhiyong Li, Xin Guo, Limin Tong, and Anatoly V. Zayats