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Research in the Shengli Zou lab focuses on the development of new theories and algorithms to facilitate the appreciation between the structures of nanoparticles or nanoapertures and their optical properties. The current projects involve in the studies of particles arrays with complicated structures and the development of the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD), Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA), and Multiple Multipole (MMP) methods. The ultimate goals of those projects are to provide theoretical guidelines in the rational design of new devices and instruments.

Directed assembly of single walled carbon nanotubes. New algorithms will be developed for simulations of directed or self assembly of carbon nanotubes or other interesting molecules on different surfaces or solutions. The related topics include simulations of self-cleaning surfaces using Molecular Dynamic (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) methods. The van der Waals and electrostatic interactions between different species will be of specific interest in those projects.

Optical properties of nanoparticles and their applications. The topic for the optical properties of metal nanoparticles is of potentially significant interest in applications to surface enhanced Raman scattering, biosensors, nanoantennas, optical filters, waveguide and other devices. Advances in modern nanotechnology have enabled precise control in the preparation of particles with specified sizes and shapes. Also, particles can be fabricated into one, two, or three dimensional arrays and other patterns. However the relationship between array structure and optical properties is less well understood.

  1. “Effects of Dipole and Quadrupole Modes on the Switchable Total Transmission and Reflection in an Array of Rectangular Silver Prisms” Yadong Zhou, Shengli Zou *, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, (2016) Accepted
  2. “Rigid Single Carbon-Carbon Bond That Does Not Rotate in Water” Manuel Gadogbe, Yadong Zhou, Shengli Zou, Dongmao Zhang*,Journal of Physical Chemistry B, (2016) 120(9), 2418-2422
  3. “UV-Vis Ratiometric Resonance Synchronous Spectroscopy for Determination of Nanoparticle and Molecular Optical Cross Sections” Charles B Nettles, Yadong Zhou, Shengli Zou, Dongmao Zhang*, Analytical Chemistry, (2015) 88(5), 2891-2898
  4. “Failure and Reexamination of the Raman Scattering Enhancement Factor Predicted by the Enhanced Local Electric Field in a Silver Nanorod” Yadong Zhou, Yan Tian, Shengli Zou *, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, (2015) 119(49), 27683-27687
  5. “Direct Observation of Ion Pairing at the Liquid/Solid Interfaces by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy” Ganganath S. Perera, Charles B. Nettle, Yadong Zhou, Shengli Zou, T. Keith Hollis, Dongmao Zhang*, Langmuir, (2015) 1(33), 8998-9005
  6. “Structures and Conformations of Alkanedithiols on Gold and Silver Nanoparticles in Water” Manuel Gadogbe, Yadong Zhou, Sandamini H. Alahakoon, Ganganath S. Perera, Shengli Zou, Charles U., Jr. Pittman, Dongmao Zhang*, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, (2015) 119(32), 18414-18421
  7. “Faceted Gold Nanorods: Nanocuboids, Convex Nanocuboids, and Concave Nanocuboids” Qingfeng Zhang, Yadong Zhou, Esteban Villarreal, Ye Lin, Shengli Zou, Hui Wang*, Nano Letters, (2015) 15(6), 4161-4169
  8. “Iodide-Induced Organothiol Desorption and Photochemical Reaction, Gold Nanoparticle (AuNP) Fusion, and SERS Signal Reduction in Organothiol-Containing AuNP Aggregates” Ganganath S. Perera, Allen LaCour, Yadong Zhou, Kate L. Henderson, Shengli Zou, Felio Perez, Joseph P. Emerson, Dongmao Zhang, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, (2015) 119(8) 4261-4267
  9. “Structural defect induced peak splitting in gold-copper bimetallic nanorods during growth by single particle spectroscopy” Srayan Thota, Shutang Chen, Yadong Zhou, Yong Zhang, Shengli Zou, Jing Zhao*, Nanoscale (2015) 7(35), 14652-14658
  10. “An experimental and theoretical mechanistic study of biexciton quantum yield enhancement in single quantum dots near gold nanoparticles ” Swayandipta Dey, Yadong Zhou, Xiangdong Tian, Julie A. Jenkins, Ou Chen, Shengli Zou, Jing Zhao*, Nanoscale (2015) 7(15), 6851-6858

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