IRG 4 - Multicomponent Assemblies for Collective Function

Advances in materials synthesis and assembly, inspired by device function goals, will advance our understanding of the collective behavior of functional arrays in electronic and photonic applications.

Leader:  Christine Keating


IRG4 seeks to understand and control the organization of particle mixtures to generate photonic and electronic architectures in which non-additive functions are imparted by the collective properties of the array. Co-assemblies will incorporate multiple, distinct particle populations that vary in composition and consequently in their response to various directed self-assembly approaches (Figure, top/middle). Learning how to achieve desired assembly outcomes despite these differences, and to find ways to take advantage of them for increased control, will set the stage for a new era of nanomaterial-enabled device applications well beyond those proposed here. Three general classes of multicomponent assemblies will be investigated, incorporating new types of functional particles and spanning a wide range of organizational ordering schemes (Figure, bottom): (1) well-ordered arrays with single-particle positioning relative to underlying electrical contacts for fundamental studies of bioinspired synchronization in electronic oscillator networks; (2) arrays with intermediate order that will collectively define the spatial refractive index profile to manipulate light in new ways; (3) disordered assemblies of scattering particles to advance understanding of ‘random’ photonics, with a focus on lasing and nonlinear wave mixing.


Panaretos, A. H.; Yuwen, Y. A.; Werner, D. H.; Mayer, T. S. "Tuning the Optical Response of a Dimer Nanoantenna Using Plasmonic Nanoring Loads," Scientific Reports, Vol. 5, pp. 9813/1-11, (2015)

Jiang, Z. H.; Sieber, P. E.; Kang, L.; Werner, D. H. "Restoring Intrinsic Properties of Electromagnetic Radiators Using Ultra-Lightweight Integrated Metasurface Cloaks," Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 25, No. 29, pp. 4708-4716, (2015)

Boehm, S. J.; Lin,L.; Guzmán Betancourt, K.; Robyn Emery, R.; Mayer, J. S.; Mayer, T. S., Keating, C. D. Formation and frequency response of two-dimensional nanowire lattices in an applied electric field. Langmuir, 31, 5779-5786 (2015)

Panaretos A. H. and Werner, D. H. "Multi-Port Admittance Model for Quantifying the Scattering Response of Loaded Plasmonic Nanorod Antennas," Optics Express, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 4459-4471, (2015)

Panaretos, A. H. and Werner, D. H. "Dual-Mode Plasmonic Nanorod Type Antenna Based on the Concept of a Trapped Dipole," Optics Express, Vol. 23, No. 7, pp. 8298-8309, (2015)

Jiang, Z. H.; Turpin, J. P.; Morgan, K.; Lu, B. and Werner, D. H. "Spatial Transformation Enabled Electromagnetic Devices: From Radio Frequencies to Optical Wavelengths," Philosophical Transactions A of the Royal Society, Vol. 373, No. 2049, pp. 20140363(1)-(22), (2015)

Smith, B. D.; Kirby, D. J.; Boehm, S. J.; Keating, C. D. “Self-assembled binary mixtures of partially etched nanowires.” Part. Part. Syst. Char., 32, 347-354 (2015)

Zhang, H.-T.; Zhang, L.; Mukherjee, D.; Zheng, Y.-X.; Haisaier, R. C.; Alem, N.; Engel-Herbert, R. Nature Commun., 6, 8475, doi:10.1038/ncomms9475 (2015)

H. Madan, M. Jerry, A. Pogrebnyakov, T. Mayer, and S. Datta, "Quantitative Mapping of Phase Coexistence in Mott-Peierls Insulator during Electronic and Thermally Driven Phase Transition", ACS Nano, 9, (2), pp 2009-2017, (2015)

Jiang, Z. H., Lin, L., Ma, D., Yun, S., Werner, D. H., Liu, Z., Mayer, T. S., Broadband and Wide Field-of-view Plasmonic Metasurface-enabled Waveplates, Scientific Reports, in press.

Smith, B. D., Kirby, D. J., Boehm, S. J., Keating, C. D., Self-assembled binary mixtures of partially etched nanowires. Particle, in press.

Panaretos, A. H., Werner, D. H. A Transmission Line Approach to Quantifying the Resonance and Transparency Properties of Electrically Small Layered Plasmonic Nanoparticles, JOSA B, 31, 1573-1580 (2014).

Namin, F., Werner, D. H. Rigorous Analysis of Diffraction from Quasicrystalline Gratings via Floquet's Theorem in Higher-Dimensional Space. ACS Photonics, 1, 212-220 (2014).

Bossard, J. A., Ling, L., Yun, S., Liu, L., Werner, D. H., Mayer, T. S., Near-Ideal Optical Metamaterial Absorbers with Super-Octave Bandwidth, ACS Nano, 8, 1517-1524 (2014).

Jiang, Z. H., Werner, D. H., Quasi-Three-Dimensional Angle-Tolerant Electromagnetic Illusion Using Ultrathin Metasurface Coatings, Advanced Functional Materials, 2014, 201401561/1-9 (2014).

Gordon, T.R., Schaak, R. E., Synthesis of Hybrid Au-In2O3 Nanoparticles Exhibiting Dual Plasmonic Resonance, Chem. Mater., 26, 5900–5904 (2014).

Wang, X., Werner, D. H., and Turpin, J.P., Investigation of Scattering Properties of Large-Scale Aperiodic Tilings Using a Combination of the Characteristic Basis Function and Adaptive Integral Methods, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 61(6), 3149-3160 (2013).

Yun, S., Namin, F., Werner, D. H., Mayer, T. S., Bungay, C., Rivero-Belaine, C., and Zhang, L., Demonstration of a Nearly Ideal Wavelength-Selective Optical Mirror Using a Metamaterial-Enabled Dielectric Coating, Applied Physics Letters 102(17), 171114/1-5 (2013).

Wang, X., Wu, Q., Turpin, J.P., and Werner, D. H., Body-of-Revolution Finite-Difference Time-Domain for Rigorous Analysis of Three-Dimensional Axisymmetric Transformation Optics Lenses, Optics Letters 38(1), 67-69 (2013).

Jiang, Z.H., Yun, S., Lin, L., Bossard, J.A., Werner, D. H. and Mayer, T. S., Tailoring Dispersion for Broadband Low-loss Optical Metamaterials Using Deep-subwavelength Inclusions, Scientific Reports 3, 1571/1-9, (2013).

Namin, F.A., Wang, X., and Werner, D. H., Reflection and Transmission Coefficients for Finite-Sized Aperiodic Aggregates of Spheres, Journal of the Optical Society of America B 30(4), 1008-1016, (2013).

Jiang, Z.H. and Werner, D. H., Compensating Substrate-Induced Bianisotropy in Optical Metamaterials Using Ultrathin Superstrate Coatings, Optics Express 21(5), 5594-5605 (2013).

Yun, S., Jiang, Z. H., Ma, D., Liu, Z. W., Werner, D. H., Mayer, T. S. Experimental Verification of Substrate-Induced Bianisotropy in Optical Metamaterials, Applied Physics Letters, 103(23), pp. 233109 (2013).