The Introduction of the Special Issue

The plasmonic noble metal nanomaterials world- wide have caught significant attention from the scientific community. The beauty of these materials is the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), a collective oscillation of conduction electrons, strongly couples to a light at specific wavelengths and produces a highly localized electromagnetic field. The materials are widely used in applications such as drug delivery, solar cells, sensor and catalysis. In particular, the nanoparticle (NP) film of silver and gold is a potential candidate used for this purpose. Apart from silver and gold, TiN has recently emerged as a promising compound plasmonic material, used as a hard material in advanced diagnostic techniques such as atomic force microscopy. These materials have augmented the detection sensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and growth of carbon nanomaterials. The use of plasmonic metal films as SERS substrate has overcome the significant limitation of low sensitivity of the Raman technique and has led to development of ultra-high sensitivity down to the level of a single molecule detection. The fundamental challenge in this direction is to develop synthesis methods, which are technically sound and feasible to meet the today requirements for the fast uptake in industrial application. Thus the fabrication and characteristics of these materials for a specific application is highly desired.
Both chemical and physical methods are used to produce plasmonic nanomaterials. PLD is normally considered the most standard and suitable method to make plasmonic NP films of silver and gold in vacuum. Atmospheric PLD (APLD) is another alternative and renewed method used to produce plasmonic metal NP films.  Chemical methods are also applied to produce these materials. All these methods are required further understanding and research with aim to refine and optimize the experimental conditions to produce these materials with required features, suitable for the aforementioned applications.

The proposed special issue is fully dedicated to fundamental and recent advances and insights in novel plasmonic nanomaterials. This issue will consider original research, communication, mini review, letters and comprehensive review articles, reporting theoretical, simulation or experimental study related to synthesis methods, characterization and applications of plasmonic nanomaterials. The editors especially welcome review articles which describe the basic understanding of the state of the art metal NP film based SERS substrates produced by conventional PLD and atmospheric PLD along with the plasma assist and chemical techniques.


The Research Scope of the Special Issue

·Theories and experiments devoted to basic understanding of plasmonics  

·Theoretical modeling and analysis of later-mater interaction with emphasize on interaction with plasmonic nanostructures

·Physical and chemical synthesis methods dedicated to plasmonic nanomaterials

·Optical and structural properties of plasmonic materials

·SERS effect and SERS active substrates

·Role of plasmonic nanomaterials in detection and solar energy conversion

·Plasmonic nanostructures for catalytic and sensing applications

·Plasmonics in biomedical applications

·Plasmonic based devices, current developments and their feature

·Plasmonic metal NP loaded nanofibers

·Plasmonic metal NP composed semiconductor thin films


Submission guidelines

All papers should be submitted via the Insight - Material Science submission system: http://insight.piscomed.com/index.php/IMS

Submitted articles should not be published or under review elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, scientific merit and relevance to the field of interest of the Special Issue.


Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: 2019


The Lead Guest Editor

Taj Muhammad Khan

Guest Editors

1: Muhannad Zakria (Researcher, School of Mathematical and Physical
Sciences University of Technology Sydney Australia)
2: Amjid Iqbal (Senior scientist, NILOP, Materials division, Islamabad,
3: Khizar Hayat (Associate Professor, Peshawar University, Department of
physics, Pakistan)
4: Syed Irsa Mazhar Kazmi (Department of environmental sciences,
International Islamic university, Islamabad, Pakistan)