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Laura Na Liu, Universität Heidelberg
Dynamic Plasmonics

A prerequisite to build advanced plasmonic architectures is the ability to precisely control the organization of metal nanoparticles in space. To this end, DNA origami represents an ideal construction platform owing to its unique sequence specificity and structural versatility. I will present sequentially a diverse set of DNA-assembled plasmonic nanostructures according to their characteristic optical properties. I will also discuss the inevitable evolution from static to dynamic plasmonic systems along with the fast development of this interdisciplinary field. Finally, possible future directions and perspectives on the challenges are elucidated.

About Laura Na Liu

Laura Na Liu is a professor at the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics at Universität Heidelberg. She received her PhD degree in physics at Universität Stuttgart in 2009, working on 3D complex plasmonics at optical frequencies. In 2010, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2011, Liu joined Rice University as the Texas Instruments Visiting Professor. At the end of 2012, she obtained a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and became an independent group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. She joined Universität Heidelberg in 2015. Her research interest is multidisciplinary. She works at the interface between nanoplasmonics, biology and chemistry. Her group focuses on developing sophisticated and smart plasmonic nanosystems for answering structural biology questions as well as catalytic chemistry questions in local environments.