Photoswitchable Hybrid Nanosystems Based on Diarylethene Molecules and Gold Nanoparticles

  • Guillaume Laurent
  • François Maurel
  • Tsuyoshi Asahi
  • Keitaro Nakatani
  • Rémi Métivier


In this chapter, hybrid nanomaterials based on diarylethene molecules and gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are described. The interest of diarylethene derivatives incorporated in nanosystems and coupled to GNPs is first introduced. Different strategies to prepare hybrid nanosystems are then described, pointing out designs presenting specific merits and flaws. The photochromism-plasmonic coupling is presented, considering both units of the hybrid nanosystem. On the one hand, the photochromic reaction of the diarylethene molecules greatly modifies the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) mainly due to a change of the local refractive index. On the other hand, the enhanced electromagnetic field at the surface of the GNPs induces an enhancement of the photochromic kinetics under visible light irradiation. These cross talk interactions are also considered with the help of theoretical methods, providing new tools to investigate the molecular-plasmonic coupling. Such experimental and theoretical advances are very promising in the field of innovative and multifunctional hybrid nanomaterials.


Diarylethene Surface plasmon Photochromism Plasmonic coupling Hybrid nanomaterials Gold nanoparticles 



The authors thank Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France) for funding through NanoPhotoSwitch and AZUR projects (K.N. and R.M.). This work was supported by JSPS, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Photosynergetics” (no. 26107008) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). PHENICS network (CNRS GDRI), CNRS-JSPS program, SAKURA program (JSPS-Campus France), and ENS Cachan (invited professorship to T.A.) are acknowledged for supporting the collaboration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guillaume Laurent
    • 1
  • François Maurel
    • 2
  • Tsuyoshi Asahi
    • 3
  • Keitaro Nakatani
    • 1
  • Rémi Métivier
    • 1
  1. 1.PPSM, ENS Cachan, CNRSUniversité Paris-SaclayCachanFrance
  2. 2.ITODYSUniversité Paris Diderot, CNRSParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of Materials Science and BiotechnologyEhime UniversityEhimeJapan

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