The Many Ways to Assemble Nanoparticles Using Light

Tong Bian, Zonglin Chu, Rafal Klajn

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The ability to reversibly assemble nanoparticles using light is both fundamentally interesting and important for applications ranging from reversible data storage to controlled drug delivery. Here, the diverse approaches that have so far been developed to control the self-assembly of nanoparticles using light are reviewed and compared. These approaches include functionalizing nanoparticles with monolayers of photoresponsive molecules, placing them in photoresponsive media capable of reversibly protonating the particles under light, and decorating plasmonic nanoparticles with thermoresponsive polymers, to name just a few. The applicability of these methods to larger, micrometer-sized particles is also discussed. Finally, several perspectives on further developments in the field are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1905866
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2020


  • light
  • nanoparticles
  • self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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