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See detailElectrophoretic Deposition of WS2 Flakes on Nanoholes Arrays—Role of Used Suspension Medium
Mosconi, Dario; Giovannini, Giorgia; Maccaferri, Nicolò UL et al

in Materials (2019), 12(20), 3286

Here we optimized the electrophoretic deposition process for the fabrication of WS2 plasmonic nanohole integrated structures. We showed how the conditions used for site-selective deposition influenced the ... [more ▼]

Here we optimized the electrophoretic deposition process for the fabrication of WS2 plasmonic nanohole integrated structures. We showed how the conditions used for site-selective deposition influenced the properties of the deposited flakes. In particular, we investigated the effect of different suspension buffers used during the deposition both in the efficiency of the process and in the stability of WS2 flakes, which were deposited on an ordered arrays of plasmonic nanostructures. We observed that a proper buffer can significantly facilitate the deposition process, keeping the material stable with respect to oxidation and contamination. Moreover, the integrated plasmonic structures that can be prepared with this process can be applied to enhanced spectroscopies and for the preparation of 2D nanopores. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasmonic nanopores for single-molecule detection and manipulation: towards sequencing applications
Garoli, Denis; Yamazaki, Hirohito; Maccaferri, Nicolò UL et al

in Nano Letters (2019)

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See detailA hybrid metal–dielectric zero mode waveguide for enhanced single molecule detection
Zambrana-Puyalto, Xavier; Ponzellini, Paolo; Maccaferri, Nicolò UL et al

in Chemical Communications (2019)

We fabricated hybrid metal–dielectric nanoslots and measured their optical response at three different wavelengths. The nanostructure is fabricated on a bilayer film formed by the sequential deposition of ... [more ▼]

We fabricated hybrid metal–dielectric nanoslots and measured their optical response at three different wavelengths. The nanostructure is fabricated on a bilayer film formed by the sequential deposition of silicon and gold on a transparent substrate. The optical characterization is done via fluorescence spectroscopy measurements. We characterized the fluorescence enhancement, as well as the lifetime and the detection volume reduction for each wavelength. We observe that the hybrid metal–dielectric nanoslots behave as enhanced zero mode waveguides in the near-infrared spectral region. Their detection volume is such that they can perform enhanced single-molecule detection at tens of μM. We compared their behavior with that of a golden ZMW, and we demonstrated that the dielectric silicon layer improves both the optical performance and the stability of the device. [less ▲]

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See detailTunable magnetoplasmonics in lattices of Ni/SiO2/Au dimers
Pourjamal, Sara; Kataja, Mikko; Maccaferri, Nicolò UL et al

in Scientific Reports (2019), 9

We present a systematic study on the optical and magneto-optical properties of Ni/SiO2/Au dimer lattices. By consideringthe excitation of orthogonal dipoles in the Ni and Au nanodisks, we analytically ... [more ▼]

We present a systematic study on the optical and magneto-optical properties of Ni/SiO2/Au dimer lattices. By consideringthe excitation of orthogonal dipoles in the Ni and Au nanodisks, we analytically demonstrate that the magnetoplasmonicresponse of dimer lattices is governed by a complex interplay of near- and far-field interactions. Near-field coupling betweendipoles in Ni and low-loss Au enhances the polarizabilty of single dimers compared to that of isolated Ni nanodisks. Far-fielddiffractive coupling in periodic lattices of these two particle types enlarges the difference in effective polarizability further.This effect is explained by an inverse relationship between the damping of collective surface lattice resonances and theimaginary polarizability of individual scatterers. Optical reflectance measurements, magneto-optical Kerr effect spectra, andfinite-difference time-domain simulations confirm the analytical results. Hybrid dimer arrays supporting intense plasmonexcitations are a promising candidate for active magnetoplasmonic devices. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperbolic Meta-Antennas Enable Full Control of Scattering and Absorption of Light
Maccaferri, Nicolò UL; Zhao, Yingqi; Isoniemi, Tommi et al

in Nano Letters (2019), 19(3), 1851-1859

We introduce a novel concept of hybrid metal-dielectric meta-antenna supporting type II hyperbolic dispersion, which enables full control of absorption and scattering of light in the visible/near-infrared ... [more ▼]

We introduce a novel concept of hybrid metal-dielectric meta-antenna supporting type II hyperbolic dispersion, which enables full control of absorption and scattering of light in the visible/near-infrared spectral range. This ability lies in the different nature of the localized hyperbolic Bloch-like modes excited within the meta-antenna. The experimental evidence is corroborated by a comprehensive theoretical study. In particular, we demonstrate that two main modes, one radiative and one non-radiative, can be excited by direct coupling with the free-space radiation. We show that the scattering is the dominating electromagnetic decay channel, when an electric dipolar mode is induced in the system, whereas a strong absorption process occurs when a magnetic dipole is excited. Also, by varying the geometry of the system, the relative ratio of scattering and absorption, as well as their relative enhancement and/or quenching, can be tuned at will over a broad spectral range, thus enabling full control of the two channels. Importantly, both radiative and nonradiative modes supported by our architecture can be excited directly with far-field radiation. This is observed to occur even when the radiative channels (scattering) are almost totally suppressed, thereby making the proposed architecture suitable for practical applications. Finally, the hyperbolic meta-antennas possess both angular and polarization independent structural integrity, unlocking promising applications as hybrid meta-surfaces or as solvable nanostructures. [less ▲]

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See detailCoupling phenomena and collective effects in resonant meta-atoms supporting both plasmonic and (opto-)magnetic functionalities: an overview on properties and applications
Maccaferri, Nicolò UL

in Journal of the Optical Society of America B (2019), 36(7), 112-131

We review both the fundamental aspects and the applications of functional magneto-optic and opto-magnetic metamaterials displaying collective and coupling effects on the nanoscale, where the concepts of ... [more ▼]

We review both the fundamental aspects and the applications of functional magneto-optic and opto-magnetic metamaterials displaying collective and coupling effects on the nanoscale, where the concepts of optics and magnetism merge to produce unconventional phenomena. The use of magnetic materials instead of the usual noble metals allows for an additional degree of freedom for the control of electromagnetic field properties, as well as it allows light to interact with the spins of the electrons and to actively manipulate the magnetic properties of such nanomaterials. In this context, we explore the concepts of near-field coupling of plasmon modes in magnetic meta-molecules, as well as the effect of excitation of surface lattice resonances in magneto-plasmonic crystals. Moreover, we discuss how these coupling effects can be exploited to artificially enhance optical magnetism in plasmonic meta-molecules and crystals. Finally, we highlight some of the present challenges and provide a perspective on future directions of the research towards photon-driven fast and efficient nanotechnologies bridging magnetism and optics beyond current limits. [less ▲]

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See detailSite-selective functionalization of plasmonic nanopores for enhanced fluorescence emission rate and Förster Resonance Energy Transfer
Zambrana-Puyalto, Xavier; Maccaferri, Nicolò UL; Ponzellini, Paolo et al

in Nanoscale Advances (2019), 1(6), 2454-2461

In this work, we use a site-selective functionalization strategy to decorate plasmonic nanopores with fluorescent dyes. Using an easy and robust fabrication method, we manage to build plasmonic rings on ... [more ▼]

In this work, we use a site-selective functionalization strategy to decorate plasmonic nanopores with fluorescent dyes. Using an easy and robust fabrication method, we manage to build plasmonic rings on top of dielectric nanotubes with different inner diameters. The modulation of the dimension of the nanopores allows us to tailor their field confinement and their Purcell Factor in the visible spectral range. In order to investigate how the changes in geometry influence the fluorescence emission rate efficiency, thiol-conjugated dyes are anchored on the plasmonic ring, thus forming a functional nanopore. We study the lifetime of ATTO 520 and ATTO 590 attached in two different configurations: single dye, and FRET pair. For the single dye configuration, we observe that the lifetime of both single dyes decreases as the size of the nanopore is reduced. The smallest nanopores yield an experimental Purcell Factor of 6. For the FRET pair configuration, we measure two regimes. For large nanopore sizes, the FRET efficiency remains constant. Whereas for smaller sizes, the FRET efficiency increases from 30 up to 45% with a decrease of the nanopore size. These findings, which have been supported by numerical simulations, may open new perspectives towards energy transfer engineering in plasmonic nanopores with potential applications in photonics and biosensing, in particular in single-molecule detection and sequencing.In this work, we use a site-selective functionalization strategy to decorate plasmonic nanopores with fluorescent dyes. Using an easy and robust fabrication method, we manage to build plasmonic rings on top of dielectric nanotubes with different inner diameters. The modulation of the dimension of the nanopores allows us to tailor their field confinement and their Purcell Factor in the visible spectral range. In order to investigate how the changes in geometry influence the fluorescence emission rate efficiency, thiol-conjugated dyes are anchored on the plasmonic ring, thus forming a functional nanopore. We study the lifetime of ATTO 520 and ATTO 590 attached in two different configurations: single dye, and FRET pair. For the single dye configuration, we observe that the lifetime of both single dyes decreases as the size of the nanopore is reduced. The smallest nanopores yield an experimental Purcell Factor of 6. For the FRET pair configuration, we measure two regimes. For large nanopore sizes, the FRET efficiency remains constant. Whereas for smaller sizes, the FRET efficiency increases from 30 up to 45% with a decrease of the nanopore size. These findings, which have been supported by numerical simulations, may open new perspectives towards energy transfer engineering in plasmonic nanopores with potential applications in photonics and biosensing, in particular in single-molecule detection and sequencing. [less ▲]

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See detailSite-Selective Integration of MoS2 Flakes on Nanopores by Means of Electrophoretic Deposition
Mosconi, Dario; Giovannini, Giorgia; Jacassi, Andrea et al

in ACS Omega (2019), 4(5), 9294-9300

Here, we propose an easy method for site-selective deposition of two-dimensional (2D) material flakes onto nanoholes by means of electrophoretic deposition. This method can be applied to both simple flat ... [more ▼]

Here, we propose an easy method for site-selective deposition of two-dimensional (2D) material flakes onto nanoholes by means of electrophoretic deposition. This method can be applied to both simple flat nanostructures and complex three-dimensional structures incorporating nano- holes. The deposition method is here used for the decoration of large ordered arrays of plasmonic structures with either a single or few layers of MoS2 . In principle, the plasmonic field generated by the nanohole can significantly interact with the 2D layer leading to enhanced light−material interaction. This makes our platform an ideal system for hybrid 2D material/ plasmonic investigations. The engineered deposition of 2D materials on plasmonic nanostructures is useful for several important applications such as enhanced light emission, strong coupling, hot-electron generation, and 2D material sensors. Site-selective integration of MoS2 flakes on nanopores by means of electrophoretic deposition. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasmonic Nanopore Prepared on MoS2 Membrane - Hybrid Nanostructures Based on Site Selective Deposition
Mosconi, Dario; Miele, Ermanno; Giovannini, Giovannini et al

in Proceedings of SPIE : The International Society for Optical Engineering (2019), 10894

Here, we propose easy and robust strategies for the versatile integration 2D material flakes on plasmonic nanoholes by means of site selective deposition of MoS2. The methods can be applied both to simple ... [more ▼]

Here, we propose easy and robust strategies for the versatile integration 2D material flakes on plasmonic nanoholes by means of site selective deposition of MoS2. The methods can be applied both to simple metallic flat nanostructures and to complex 3D metallic structures comprising nanoholes. The deposition methods allow the decoration of large ordered arrays of plasmonic structures with single or few layers of MoS2. We show that the plasmonic field generated by the nanohole can interact significantly with the 2D layer, thus representing an ideal system for hybrid 2DMaterial/ Plasmonic investigation. The controlled/ordered integration of 2D materials on plasmonic nanostructures opens a pathway towards new investigation of the following: enhanced light emission; strong coupling from plasmonic hybrid structures; hot electron generation; and sensors in general based on 2D materials. [less ▲]

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See detailFabrication and Optical Characterization of Hyperbolic Nanoparticles on a Transparent Substrate
Iarossi, Marzia; Darvill, Daniel; Isoniemi, Tommi et al

in Proceedings of SPIE : The International Society for Optical Engineering (2019), 10927

We report on the fabrication and optical characterization of hyperbolic nanoparticles on a transparent substrate. These nanoparticles enable a separation of ohmic and radiative channels in the visible and ... [more ▼]

We report on the fabrication and optical characterization of hyperbolic nanoparticles on a transparent substrate. These nanoparticles enable a separation of ohmic and radiative channels in the visible and near-infrared frequency ranges. The presented architecture opens the pathway towards novel routes to exploit the light to energy conversion channels beyond what is offered by current plasmon-based nanostructures, possibly enabling applications spanning from thermal emission manipulation, theragnostic nano-devices, optical trapping and nano-manipulation, non-linear optical properties, plasmonenhanced molecular spectroscopy, photovoltaics and solar-water treatments, as well as heat-assisted ultra-dense and ultrafast magnetic recording. [less ▲]

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See detailFRET Characterization of Hollow Plasmonic Nanoantennas
Maccaferri, Nicolò UL; Ponzellini, Paolo; Giovannini, Giorgia et al

in Proceedings of SPIE : The International Society for Optical Engineering (2019), 10894

We fabricated hollow nanoantennas with varying inner channels sizes on a gold-covered silicon nitride membrane. Our fabrication technique allowed us to narrow the size of the inner channels down to 15nm ... [more ▼]

We fabricated hollow nanoantennas with varying inner channels sizes on a gold-covered silicon nitride membrane. Our fabrication technique allowed us to narrow the size of the inner channels down to 15nm. We managed to exclusively decorate the tips of the antennas with thiol-conjugated dyes by creating a concentration gradient through the nanoantennas. Finally, we characterized the antennas in terms of their effect on the lifetime of dyes. We used Atto 520 and Atto 590 for the experiments. We carried out experiments with the antennas decorated with Atto 520, with Atto 590 as well as with the two Atto dyes at the same time. The experiments carried out with the antennas decorated with Atto 520 only and Atto 590 only yielded a lifetime reduction with respect to the confocal case. Interestingly, their lifetime reductions were significantly different. Then, we decorated the antennas with the two dyes at the same time. Even though we could not control the distance between the two dyes, FRET effects were clearly observed. The FRET effects were found to be dependent on the size of the inner channel. We believe that our tip decorated hollow nanoantennas could find application in FRET-based single molecule nanopore technologies. [less ▲]

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See detailOn-Demand Intracellular Delivery of Single Particles in Single Cells by 3D Hollow Nanoelectrodes
Huang, Jian-An; Caprettini, Valeria; Zhao, Yingqi et al

in Nano Letters (2019), 19(2), 722-731

Delivery of molecules into intracellular compartments is one of the fundamental requirements in molecular biology. However, the possibility of delivering a precise number of nano-objects with single ... [more ▼]

Delivery of molecules into intracellular compartments is one of the fundamental requirements in molecular biology. However, the possibility of delivering a precise number of nano-objects with single-particle resolution is still an open challenge. Here we present an electrophoretic platform based on 3D hollow nanoelectrodes to enable delivery of single nanoparticles into single selected cells and monitoring of the single-particle delivery by surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The gold-coated hollow nanoelectrode capable of confinement and enhancement of electromagnetic fields upon laser illumination can distinguish the SERS signals of a single nanoparticle flowing through the nanoelectrode. Tight wrapping of cell membranes around the nanoelectrodes allows effective membrane electroporation such that single gold nanorods are delivered on demand into a living cell by electrophoresis. The capability of the 3D hollow nanoelectrodes to porate cells and reveal single emitters from the background in continuous flow is promising for the analysis of both intracellular delivery and sampling. [less ▲]

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See detailHelical light emission from plasmonic vortices via magnetic tapered tip
Maccaferri, Nicolò UL; Gorodetski, Yuri; Garoli, Denis

in Journal of Physics. Conference Series (2018), 961

We investigate an architecture where a plasmonic vortex excited in a gold surface propagates on an adiabatically tapered magnetic tip and detaches to the far-field while carrying a well-defined optical ... [more ▼]

We investigate an architecture where a plasmonic vortex excited in a gold surface propagates on an adiabatically tapered magnetic tip and detaches to the far-field while carrying a well-defined optical angular momentum. We analyze the out-coming light and show that, despite generally high losses of flat magnetic surface, our 3D structure exhibits high energy throughput. Moreover, we show that once a magneto-optical activity is activated inside the magnetic tip a modulation of the total power transmittance is possible. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid Ni/SiO2/Au dimer arrays for high-resolution refractive index sensing
Pourjamal, Sara; Kataja, Mikko; Maccaferri, Nicolò UL et al

in Nanophotonics (2018), 7(5), 905-912

We introduce a novel magnetoplasmonic sensor concept for sensitive detection of refractive index changes. The sensor consists of a periodic array of Ni/SiO2/Au direr nanodisks. Combined effects of near ... [more ▼]

We introduce a novel magnetoplasmonic sensor concept for sensitive detection of refractive index changes. The sensor consists of a periodic array of Ni/SiO2/Au direr nanodisks. Combined effects of near-field interactions between the Ni and Au disks within the individual dimers and far-field diffractive coupling between the dimers of the array produce narrow linewidth features in the magneto-optical Faraday spectrum. We associate these features with the excitation of surface lattice resonances and show that they exhibit a spectral shift when the refractive index of the surrounding environment is varied. Because the resonances are sharp, refractive index changes are accurately detected by tracking the wavelength where the Faraday signal crosses 0. Compared to random distributions of pure Ni nanodisks or Ni/SiO2/Au dimers or periodic arrays of Ni nanodisks, the sensing figure of merit of the hybrid magnetoplasmonic array is more than one order of magnitude larger. [less ▲]

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See detailLive Intracellular Biorthogonal Imaging by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy using Alkyne-Silver Nanoparticles Clusters
Ardini, Matteo; Huang, Jian-An; Sanchez, Carlos S. et al

in Scientific Reports (2018), 8

Live intracellular imaging is a valuable tool in modern diagnostics and pharmacology. Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) stands out as a non-destructive and multiplexed technique, but ... [more ▼]

Live intracellular imaging is a valuable tool in modern diagnostics and pharmacology. Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) stands out as a non-destructive and multiplexed technique, but intracellular SERS imaging still suffers from interfering background from endogenous components. Here we show the assembly of small colloidal SERS probes with Raman signal in the cell-silent window of 1800–2900 cm−1 for biorthogonal intracellular SERS imaging of dopamine that was undistinguishable from the endogenous cell background. By linking colloidal silver nanoparticles with alkyne-dopamine adducts, clusters are formed by 2–6 nanoparticles spaced by tight interparticle gaps that exhibited high electric field enhancement and strong SERS signals of alkyne and dopamines. Due to the cell-silent signals of the alkyne, intracellular in-vitro Raman imaging shows that the dopamines on the internalized clusters remain distinguishable across the cytoplasm with good spatial resolution. Our method can be a general-purpose method for real-time imaging of biomolecules, such as proteins, peptides, DNA and drugs. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic Control of the Chiroptical Plasmonic Surfaces
Zubritskaya, Irina; Maccaferri, Nicolò UL; Inchausti Ezeiza, Xabier et al

in Nano Letters (2018), 18(1), 302-307

A major challenge facing plasmon nanophotonics is the poor dynamic tunability. A functional nanophotonic element would feature the real-time sizable tunability of transmission, reflection of light's ... [more ▼]

A major challenge facing plasmon nanophotonics is the poor dynamic tunability. A functional nanophotonic element would feature the real-time sizable tunability of transmission, reflection of light's intensity or polarization over a broad range of wavelengths, and would be robust and easy to integrate. Several approaches have been explored so far including mechanical deformation, thermal, or refractive index effects, and all-optical switching. Here we devise an ultrathin chiroptical surface, built on two-dimensional nanoantennas, where the chiral light transmission is controlled by the externally applied magnetic field. The magnetic field-induced modulation of the far-field chiroptical response with this surface exceeds 100% in the visible and near-infrared spectral ranges, opening the route for nanometer-thin magnetoplasmonic light-modulating surfaces tuned in real time and featuring a broad spectral response. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid plasmonic nanostructures based on controlled integration of MoS2 flakes on metallic nanoholes
Garoli, Denis; Mosconi, Dario; Miele, Ermanno et al

in Nanoscale (2018), 10(36), 17105-17111

Here, we propose an easy and robust strategy for the versatile preparation of hybrid plasmonic nanopores by means of controlled deposition of single flakes of MoS2 directly on top of metallic holes. The ... [more ▼]

Here, we propose an easy and robust strategy for the versatile preparation of hybrid plasmonic nanopores by means of controlled deposition of single flakes of MoS2 directly on top of metallic holes. The device is realized on silicon nitride membranes and can be further refined by TEM or FIB milling to achieve the passing of molecules or nanometric particles through a pore. Importantly, we show that the plasmonic enhancement provided by the nanohole is strongly accumulated in the 2D nanopore, thus representing an ideal system for single-molecule sensing and sequencing in a flow-through configuration. Here, we also demonstrate that the prepared 2D material can be decorated with metallic nanoparticles that can couple their resonance with the nanopore resonance to further enhance the electromagnetic field confinement at the nanoscale level. This method can be applied to any gold nanopore with a high level of reproducibility and parallelization; hence, it can pave the way to the next generation of solid-state nanopores with plasmonic functionalities. Moreover, the controlled/ordered integration of 2D materials on plasmonic nanostructures opens a pathway towards new investigation of the following: enhanced light emission; strong coupling from plasmonic hybrid structures; hot electron generation; and sensors in general based on 2D materials. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasmonic zero mode waveguide for highly confined and enhanced fluorescence emission
Ponzellini, Paolo; Zambrana-Puyalto, Xavier; Maccaferri, Nicolò UL et al

in Nanoscale (2018), 10(36), 17362-17369

We fabricate a plasmonic nanoslot that is capable of performing enhanced single molecule detection at 10 muM concentrations. The nanoslot combines the tiny detection volume of a zero-mode waveguide and ... [more ▼]

We fabricate a plasmonic nanoslot that is capable of performing enhanced single molecule detection at 10 muM concentrations. The nanoslot combines the tiny detection volume of a zero-mode waveguide and the field enhancement of a plasmonic nanohole. The nanoslot is fabricated on a bi-metallic film formed by the sequential deposition of gold and aluminum on a transparent substrate. Simulations of the structure yield an average near-field intensity enhancement of two orders of magnitude at its resonant frequency. Experimentally, we measure the fluorescence stemming from the nanoslot and compare it with that of a standard aluminum zero-mode waveguide. We also compare the detection volume for both structures. We observe that while both structures have a similar detection volume, the nanoslot yields a 25-fold fluorescence enhancement. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced Raman Investigation of Cell Membrane and Intracellular Compounds by 3D Plasmonic Nanoelectrode Arrays
Caprettini, Valeria; Huang, Jian-An; Moia, Fabio et al

in Advanced Science (2018), 5(12), 1800560

3D nanostructures are widely exploited in cell cultures for many purposes such as controlled drug delivery, transfection, intracellular sampling, and electrical recording. However, little is known about ... [more ▼]

3D nanostructures are widely exploited in cell cultures for many purposes such as controlled drug delivery, transfection, intracellular sampling, and electrical recording. However, little is known about the interaction of the cells with these substrates, and even less about the effects of electroporation on the cellular membrane and the nuclear envelope. This work exploits 3D plasmonic nanoelectrodes to study, by surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), the cell membrane dynamics on the nanostructured substrate before, during, and after electroporation. In vitro cultured cells tightly adhere on 3D plasmonic nanoelectrodes precisely in the plasmonic hot spots, making this kind of investigation possible. After electroporation, the cell membrane dynamics are studied by recording the Raman time traces of biomolecules in contact or next to the 3D plasmonic nanoelectrode. During this process, the 3D plasmonic nanoelectrodes are intracellularly coupled, thus enabling the monitoring of different molecular species, including lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Scanning electron microscopy cross-section analysis evidences the possibility of nuclear membrane poration compatible with the reported Raman spectra. These findings may open a new route toward controlled intracellular sampling and intranuclear delivery of genic materials. They also show the possibility of nuclear envelope disruption which may lead to negative side effects. [less ▲]

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