Journal of Materials Research

Outstanding Meeting Papers

Nanosphere lithography fabricated plasmonic materials and their applications

Xiaoyu Zhanga1a), Chanda Ranjit Yonzona1a) and Richard P. Van Duynea1 c1

a1 Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208-3113


Nanosphere lithography fabricated nanostructures have highly tunable localized surface plasmons, which have been used for important sensing and spectroscopy applications. In this work, the authors focus on biological applications and technologies that utilize two types of related plasmonic phenomena: localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Two applications of these plasmonic materials are presented: (i) the development of an ultrasensitive nanoscale optical biosensor based on LSPR wavelength-shift spectroscopy and (ii) the SERS detection of an anthrax biomarker.

(Received November 04 2005)

(Accepted January 23 2006)

(Online publication May 2006)

Key Words:

  • Ag;
  • Raman spectroscopy;
  • Sensor


c1 Address all correspondence to this author. e-mail: This paper was selected as the Outstanding Meeting Paper for the 2005 MRS Spring Meeting Symposium R Proceedings, Vol. 876E.


a) These authors contributed equally to this work.