Fabrication and characterization of nonenzymatic glucose sensor based on bimetallic hollow Ag/Pt nanoparticles prepared by galvanic replacement reaction


Fig.1. Schematic of the formation of BH-Ag/Pt NPs at different stages of
galvanic replacement process

Daqian Ma et al., successfully fabricated a non-enzymatic glucose sensor by immobilization of bimetallic hollow Ag/Pt nanoparticles (BH-Ag/Pt NPs) using the galvanic replacement reaction onto the surface of the pretreated pure Au electrode. The morphology and composition of the BH-Ag/Pt NPs were investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD), which proved the formation of bimetallic hollow Ag/Pt nanoparticles. The electroactive surface area and interface property of the Au electrode modified by BH-Ag/Pt NPs were measured by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The associated calculated values were 0.210 cm2 and 11.30 Ω cm2, which were distinctly higher than those of the pure Au electrode. The electrocatalytic properties of the modified electrode toward glucose oxidation were evaluated by CV and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The results showed that the modified electrode had a high electrocatalytic activity toward glucose oxidation, a linear response to the glucose concentrations ranging from 1 to 12 mM covering the physiological level of 3–8 mM with a current sensitivity of 7 μAmM−1 and a low detection limit of 0.013 mM. Moreover, the modified electrode also showed ideal reproducibility, long-term stability, and high selectivity. It also showed good glucometer test values for real samples. Therefore, both of the facile preparation method and the excellent properties of the Au electrode modified by BH-Ag/Pt NPs could potentially be implemented to develop novel non-enzymatic glucose sensors.



Daqian Ma, Xiaona Tang, Meiqing Guo, Huiran Lu & Xinhua Xu – Ionics, Springer- 2014

DOI :10.1007/s11581-014-1290-1

Wide-angle, broadband, and highly efficient holography

Coupled dipole-patch nano-antenna cells are used in a new approach to impose an arbitrary phase profile on reflected light.
28 January 2016, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.1201512.006252

Computer-generated holography is a widely used technology for various applications, e.g., from authentication and optical data storage, to interferometry, particle trapping, and phase conjugation.1–4 In these applications, complex waveforms are radiated efficiently at small angles from the holographic elements. Alternatively, simple grating lobes—with specific resonant conditions—can be used to project the waveforms at larger angles.5–7 To achieve wide-angle projection of computer-generated holograms, a steep phase gradient between adjacent pixels is required. To attain such a gradient, however, a small number of pixels in each period is needed and the projected hologram is therefore inefficient.8–10 Efficient projection of complex waveforms at large angles thus remains a challenge.11, 12

An alternative approach for the generation of complex reflective patterns involves the use of nano-antenna-based metasurfaces. Nano-antennas, which are nanometer-sized metallic structures, resonate at optical frequencies and are essentially a scaled-down counterpart of conventional radio-frequency antennas.13–16 In some recent studies, the use of nano-antennas for holography has been demonstrated.17–21 These previous investigations, however, have mostly focused on optical transmission metasurfaces. This has limited the measured efficiency levels to below 10%.

In this work, we propose and demonstrate the use of a nano-antenna reflectarray for efficient, broadband, and wide-angle holography applications.22 We use our reflectarray, which is composed of optical nano-antenna elements in a coupled dipole-patch configuration, to control the phase of the scattered light. Before we are able to realize our nano-antenna-based hologram approach, we have to determine the phase map that corresponds to the desired output beam. We thus implement the Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm23, 24 for this purpose. We have chosen the logo of Tel Aviv University as the pattern for the demonstration of our technique. During the demonstration, we projected this logo at angles of 20 and 45°, relative to the incident beam. The required phase map and the corresponding optical output are shown in Figure 1, as well as an illustration of the holography concept.

Figure 1. Demonstration of the nano-antenna reflectarray holography approach.20The (a) phase map and (b) simulated far-field image of the Tel Aviv University logo are shown. AU: Arbitrary units. (c) Illustration of the experimental concept. θ: Angle of projection.

The next step in our approach is to design nano-antennas that scatter light with the desired phase. The antennas are chosen so that the continuous phase is quantized into six discrete values between 0 and 300° (in 60° increments). To span the phase completely, we find that it is advantageous to use unit cells that comprise two antenna elements with different geometries. The combined spectral response of the two elements provides more degrees of freedom for the design and facilitates 2π-phase spanning. We used the technique of electron-beam lithography to fabricate our nano-antenna arrays (see Figure 2).

Figure 2. Optical microscope (a) and scanning electron microscope (b) images of a fabricated nano-antenna array. (c) A high-magnification scanning electron microscope image of the region indicated.20The array consists of 256×256 unit cells, and each unit cell is a 720nm-side square. The final device therefore has dimensions of 184×184μm.

To achieve a high efficiency with our technique, the reflectivity of the individual elements should differ only in phase and a constant amplitude should be maintained. By properly selecting the dimensions of our antenna elements—see Figure 3(b)—it is possible to attain a scattered wave that possesses any required phase response, while retaining a uniform amplitude. By varying the dimensions of these elements, we can alter the combined antenna response, which in turn changes the phase of the reflected wave. We conduct the optimization of the nano-antennas over a supercell consisting of the six phase pixels, organized in sequence from 0 to 300°, as shown in Figure 3(a). We simulate the supercell in an infinite 2D array, which enables a computationally efficient optimization of the elements. It is also possible to modify the element dimensions in the supercell. We can thus optimize the phase response and obtain the final element dimensions.

Figure 3. Unit cell geometry of the supercell used for nano-antenna optimization.20(a) Top view of the unit cells. Au: Gold. Cr: Chromium. Si: Silicon. SiO2: Silica. L: Length. W: Width. (b) Phase response (top) and amplitude response (bottom) of the antenna elements. Stars in (b) indicate the dimensions of the dipole and patch nano-antennas, which are obtained during the supercell optimization.

The scattering efficiency of our resultant hologram is illustrated in Figure 4. These measurement results indicate that the efficiency remains high over a spectral range of 200nm. This broadband response is caused by the phase response of our designed nano-antennas, which is strongly wavelength independent. We also find that the image projected by the hologram remains unchanged. For comparison, the theoretical efficiencies of the phase-quantized hologram projected at 20 and 45° are 60 and 55%, respectively. Our measured efficiency is therefore only slightly lower than the theoretical predictions. This difference arises from fabrication errors and optimization tolerances.

Figure 4. Efficiency measurements for the 20°(dashed red) and 45° (solid blue) holograms. The inset is an image of the projected hologram.20λ: Wavelength.

We have demonstrated a new wide-angle, highly efficient optical holography approach in which we use a reflectarray of optical nano-antenna elements to control the phase of the scattered light. In our methodology, we use the Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm to determine the phase map that is required to project our chosen pattern at angles of 20 and 45°, relative to the surface normal. We found that the measured efficiency of the projected hologram is between 40 and 50% over a broad wavelength range. To further improve the efficiency of our holographic technique, we need to develop new methods to eliminate phase and fabrication errors. Moreover, by incorporating an active tuning mechanism, it may be possible to extend our approach and thus realize active holographic displays and communication devices.

Jacob Scheuer, Yuval Yifat, Michal Eitan-Wiener, Zeev Iluz, Yael Hanein, Amir Boag


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Plasmonic optical tweezers: A long arm and a tight grip



By taking advantage of the thermal gradient that is generated in plasmonic systems and by using an a.c. field, plasmonic tweezers can have a large radius of action and can trap and manipulate single nano-objects.


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Plasmons Enhance Detection of Wavefront Aberrations

DUBLIN, Dec. 8, 2015 — A sensor that exploits plasmonics to gauge nanoscale distortions in lightwaves could yield more powerful tools for metrology and chemical sensing, as well as sharper microscopes.

The method detects wavefront aberrations indirectly by measuring changes in the reflectivity of gold films. It may be the first to use plasmons to address a classical optics problem, according to its developers at University College Dublin.

As light travels through water, the atmosphere and even human tissue its wavefront becomes distorted, blurring images and reducing resolution. It’s possible to correct for these distortions with adaptive optics by precisely measuring the shape of the wavefront.

Such measurements — albeit on relatively large scales — are used in astronomy to correct for atmospheric distortion.

Conventional wavefront sensors work by either mechanically sampling wavefronts with microlenses or other devices or measuring interference patterns. The latter approach requires the extra step of ensuring that the interacting light waves are in phase — meaning their waveforms overlap precisely.


Cartesian wavefront derivatives can be determined by monitoring intensity variations across the reflected beam of light used to excite surface plasmon polaritons in the Kretschmann configuration. Courtesy of Optica/The Optical Society.

Now, by observing how efficiently incoming light creates surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) on gold film, it’s possible to derive previously undetectable nanoscale distortions in the wavefronts.

SPPs arise when light meets an electrically conducting material, causing electrons to oscillate in a wavelike pulse that travels across the material’s surface. Any changes in the angle of incidence — as would occur from a distortion in the wavefront — affects the way the SPPs are formed. This directly affects how much light is reflected back from the surface.

“Since these polaritons are perfectly coupled to the light that forms them, any changes in their behavior would indicate a change in the waveform of light,” said Brian Vohnsen, a senior lecturer at University College Dublin. “We make use of the attenuation of the signal from the gold surface to simply convert the wavefront shape — or slope — into an intensity difference in a beam of light.”

This change is captured with cameras that are sensitive to minute changes in intensity.

To fully reconstruct the wavefront, the system requires two separate measurements made at 90° to one another. It is then possible to calculate the tiny changes in the actual wavefront based on the orthogonal intensity data points. The speed of the measurement is limited only by the speed of the cameras.

This type of sensor may find applications in the quality inspection of planar materials, films and coatings, the researchers said. It could also replace some wavefront sensors used in astronomy, microscopy and vision science.

The researchers are working to overcome two limitations in the current setup. The first is the requirement for simultaneous measurement of wavefront changes with two cameras. The second is improving the method by which the SPPs are “excited” on the surface of the gold film.

The results were published in Optica (doi: 10.1364/optica.2.001024 [open access]).


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SPIE Optics + Photonics



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CLEO: 2016


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CLEO (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics) serves as the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics, uniting the fields of lasers and opto-electronics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, from basic research to industry applications.

Attendees have the opportunity to hear and present groundbreaking research, share ideas, and network with colleagues and luminaries. CLEO presents a world-renowned peer-reviewed program and offers high quality content from five core event elements:

ICNP 2016 The 9th International Conference on Nanophotonics

The International Conference on Nanophotonics (ICNP) will be held from 21-25 March 2016 at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.


This conference is a unique event where the latest advances in optics and photonics both in nano- and micro-scale will be reported and discussed. This conference primarily aims to explore novel ideas in nanophotonic science and technology that might enable technological breakthroughs in high impact areas such as biomedical and life sciences; information processing; communications; energy harvesting and storage; environment and conservation. The comprehensive coverage of conference themes, including microscopy and nanoscopy, silicon photonics; quantum optics; metamaterials; plasmonics; transformation optics; materials for micro- and nano-photonics; nanofabrication; and photonic devices, ensures researchers in this exciting field always have the opportunity to report their work and exchange information with fellow co-workers.

ICONN 2016 – International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 7-11 Feb 2016


National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia

The aim of the 2016 International Conference On Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2016) is to bring together Australian and International communities (students, scientists, engineers and stake holders from academia, government laboratories, industry and other organisations) working in the field of nanoscale science and technology to discuss new and exciting advances in the field. ICONN will cover nanostructure growth, synthesis, fabrication, characterization, device design, theory, modeling, testing, applications, commercialisation, and health and safety aspects of nanotechnology.

The conference will feature plenary talks followed by technical symposia (parallel sessions) consisting of invited talks, oral and poster presentations.

Infrared spectroscopy with visible light


Experimental set-up. A continuous-wave laser at 532 nm pumps two nonlinear crystals, where SPDC occurs. The crystals are placed in a vacuum chamber and CO2 is injected into the chamber. The interference pattern of the SPDC from the two crystals is imaged by a lens onto a slit of a spectrograph and recorded by a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera.

Spectral measurements in the infrared optical range provide unique fingerprints of materials, which are useful for material analysis, environmental sensing and health diagnostics1. Current infrared spectroscopy techniques require the use of optical equipment suited for operation in the infrared range, components of which face challenges of inferior performance and high cost. Here, Kalashnikov et al. develop a technique that allows spectral measurements in the infrared range using visible-spectral-range components. The technique is based on nonlinear interference of infrared and visible photons, produced via spontaneous parametric down conversion. The intensity interference pattern for a visible photon depends on the phase of an infrared photon travelling through a medium. This allows the absorption coefficient and refractive index of the medium in the infrared range to be determined from the measurements of visible photons. The technique can substitute and/or complement conventional infrared spectroscopy and refractometry techniques, as it uses well-developed components for the visible range


Nature Photonics 10, 98–101 (2016) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2015.252