Issue 18, 2019

Nanoislands as plasmonic materials


Subwavelength metal nanoislands thermally dewetted from a thin film emerge as a powerful and cost-effective photonic material, due to the formation of substantially strong nano-gap-based plasmonic hot spots and their simple large-area nanofabrication. Unlike conventional nanostructures, nanoislands dewetted from thin metal films can be formed on a large scale at the wafer level and show substrate-dependent plasmonic phenomena across a broad spectral range from ultraviolet to infrared. Substrate-selective dewetting methods for metal nanoislands enable diverse nanophotonic and optoelectronic technologies, underlining mechanical, structural, and material properties of a substrate. Emerging bioplasmonic technology using metal nanoislands also serves as a high-throughput and surface-sensitive analytical technique with wide-ranging application in rapid, real-time, and point-of-care medical diagnostics. This review introduces an assortment of dewetting fabrication methods for metal nanoislands on distinct substrates from glass to cellulose fibers and provides novel findings for metal nanoislands on a substrate by three-dimensional numerical modeling. Furthermore, the plasmonic properties of metal nanoislands and recent examples for their photonic applications, in particular, biological sensing, are technically summarized and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Nanoislands as plasmonic materials

Article information

Article type
Review Article
31 Dec 2018
29 Mar 2019
First published
29 Mar 2019

Nanoscale, 2019,11, 8651-8664

Nanoislands as plasmonic materials

T. Chung, Y. Lee, M. Ahn, W. Lee, S. Bae, C. S. H. Hwang and K. Jeong, Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 8651 DOI: 10.1039/C8NR10539A

To request permission to reproduce material from this article, please go to the Copyright Clearance Center request page.

If you are an author contributing to an RSC publication, you do not need to request permission provided correct acknowledgement is given.

If you are the author of this article, you do not need to request permission to reproduce figures and diagrams provided correct acknowledgement is given. If you want to reproduce the whole article in a third-party publication (excluding your thesis/dissertation for which permission is not required) please go to the Copyright Clearance Center request page.

Read more about how to correctly acknowledge RSC content.

Social activity