Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 46, Issue 21, pp 6877–6882 | Cite as

Optical thin film filters of colloidal gold and silica nanoparticles prepared by a layer-by-layer self-assembly method

  • Zaheer Abbas Khan
  • Rachana Kumar
  • Waleed S. Mohammed
  • Gabor L. Hornyak
  • Joydeep DuttaEmail author


A novel fabrication method for optical thin film filters based on the self-organization of alternating layers of colloidal gold and silica nanoparticles (NP) is reported. The filter is designed to work in the deep-UV to visible spectral range. The spectral absorption peaks are tuned by three parameters: the organic capping ligand of the gold NPs (citrate, chitosan, poly (diallyl-dimethylammonium)-chloride or PDDA); the capping environment (bare, chitosan, or PDDA) of the silica NPs and the thickness of the film. Precise control of the transmission color (less than 1% color distance per layer), is achieved by changing the film thickness. Exploitation of the self-assembly process should lead to the facile production of highly reliable large area thin film optical filters at considerably lower costs.


Chitosan Colloidal Suspension Trisodium Citrate Chloroauric Acid Longitudinal Plasmon 



The authors would like to acknowledge partial financial support from the National Nanotechnology Center, belonging to the National Science & Technology Department Agency (NSTDA), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology (CoEN), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zaheer Abbas Khan
    • 1
  • Rachana Kumar
    • 1
  • Waleed S. Mohammed
    • 2
  • Gabor L. Hornyak
    • 1
  • Joydeep Dutta
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology (CoEN)Asian Institute of TechnologyBangkokThailand
  2. 2.School of EngineeringBangkok UniversityPathum ThaniThailand

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