Regents of the University of California Berkeley United States
Nanoplasmonic science have attracted significant interest in various applications including electronics, photonics, energy, environmental and biomedical applications. However, their practical applications still require overcoming a few critical problems 1 the rational design and scalable synthesis of unconventional nanostructures with superior properties, 2 active controls and orientation of nanostructures, and 3 efficient integration of nanostructures into functional devices. In order to challenge these problems, our team has focused on bioinspirations from nature where many complex structures are spontaneously produced by precise controls over chemical and physical processes on various interfaces. The objective of our collaborative research is to develop bioinspired engineering synthesis technology BEST by uncovering hidden treasures in the nature of various interfaces. In order to accomplish this objective, Sogang University has performed the synthesis and optimization of unconventional plasmonic nanoantennae and the active control of their motion. On the other hand, University of California at Berkeley has conducted the systematic characterization and optimization with multi-scale simulation, and the integration of plasmonic nanoantennae into microfluidic-based active devices for the biomedical applications.