Plasmon-based nanolenses assembled on a well-defined DNA template
J. Am. Chem. Soc. , Volume 130 p. 2750- 2751
The controlled and reproducible synthesis of closely spaced noble metal nanoparticle groupings is an essential step toward the rational design of nanostructures for surface enhanced Raman scattering with single-molecule sensitivity. In this communication, we demonstrate the facile synthesis of 5, 8, and 18 nm gold particle groupings on a well-defined DNA template by hybridizing monoconjugated gold-DNA building blocks. The obtained nanometer interparticle gaps should yield local intensity enhancements up to 4 orders of magnitude as estimated by Generalized Mie Theory. By tuning the particle size and relative curvatures, we calculate that the maximum enhancement can be optimized and localized on a specific part of the nanostructure. These groupings act as plasmon-based nanolenses assembled on a biomolecular backbone that can be functionalized in proximity to the region of highest field.