Jun 13 – 19, 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
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Computational modeling of Plasmon coupled gold nanoparticles for biomedical applications

Jun 19, 2015, 9:15 AM
NINT Taylor room (University of Alberta)

NINT Taylor room

University of Alberta

Oral (Non-Student) / orale (non-étudiant) Medical and Biological Physics / Physique médicale et biologique (DMBP-DPMB) F1-3 Biomedical Optics and Biophotonics (DAMOPC-DIAP-DMBP) / Optique biomédicale et biophotonique (DPAMPC-DPIA-DPMB)


Carl Kumaradas (Ryerson University)


There has been a recent increase in the use plasmonic nanoparticles for biomedical applications, such photo-thermal therapy, optical and optoacoustic imaging, and biosensors. Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are of particular interest due to their strong plasmon resonances, stability and biocompatibility. Plasmon coupling occurs when GNPs aggregate resulting in a shift of the resonance wavelength. GNPs can be designed to self-assemble under certain biological conditions such as low PhD or elevated temperature. Aggregation can also occur when GNPs are endocytosed and compartmentalized in intracellular vesicles. Coating GNPs with peptides that cause them to bind to cell surface receptors, a process known as receptor-mediated endocytosis, enables this. Therefore the optical behavior of GNPs ensembles can be sensitive to biological conditions, opening up a large possibility of new medical imaging modalities and therapies. The presentation will outline a finite element method based computational model of the optical behavior of GNPs that includes plasmon coupling. The model has been used to study the application of plasmon coupled GNPs for several biomedical applications. The results from some of these studies will be presented.

Primary author

Carl Kumaradas (Ryerson University)


Mr Yevgeniy Davletshin (Ryerson University)

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