Isabel Romero

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The response of gold nanoparticle dimers is studied theoretically near and beyond the limit where the particles are touching. As the particles approach each other, a dominant dipole feature is observed that is pushed into the infrared due to interparticle coupling and that is associated with a large pileup of induced charge in the interparticle gap. The(More)
We describe the synthesis of new manganese(ii) and manganese(iii) complexes containing the bidentate ligands 2-(3-pyrazolyl)pyridine, pypz-H, and 3(5)-(2-hydroxyphenyl)pyrazole, HOphpz-H, with formula [MnX2(pypz-H)2] (X = Cl(-), 1, CF3SO3(-), 2, OAc(-), 3 or NO3(-) (4)), [MnCl2(pypz-H)(H2O)2], 5, or [MnCl(Ophpz-H)2], 6. All the complexes have been(More)
Plasmonic nanoparticle pairs known as "dimers" embody a simple system for generating intense nanoscale fields for surface enhanced spectroscopies and for developing an understanding of coupled plasmons. Individual nanoshell dimers in directly adjacent pairs and touching geometries show dramatically different plasmonic properties. At close distances,(More)
During the past four years we have witnessed a revolution in the field of water-oxidation catalysis, in which well-defined molecules are opening up entirely new possibilities for the design of more rugged and efficient catalysts. This revolution has been stimulated by two factors: the urgent need for clean and renewable fuel and the intrinsic human desire(More)
We have prepared three new dinuclear ruthenium complexes having the formulas [Ru2II(bpp)(trpy)2(mu-L)]2+ (L = Cl, 1; L = AcO, 2) and [Ru2II(bpp)(trpy)2(H2O)2]3+ (3). The three complexes have been characterized through the usual spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques and, in the cases of 1 and 2, the X-ray crystal structures have been solved. In(More)
A thorough characterization of the Ru-Hbpp (in,in-{[Ru(II)(trpy)(H(2)O)](2)(mu-bpp)}(3+) (trpy is 2,2':6',2''-terpyridine, bpp is bis(2-pyridyl)-3,5-pyrazolate)) water oxidation catalyst has been carried out employing structural (single crystal X-ray), spectroscopic (UV-vis and NMR), kinetic, and electrochemical (cyclic voltammetry) analyses. The latter(More)
Boron clusters and organic molecules display manifestly different electronic, physical, chemical and geometrical characteristics. These differences highlight the complementarity of organic synthons and boron clusters, and therefore the feasibility of producing hybrid polymers incorporating both types of fragments. This review focuses on the development of(More)
Aitzol García-Etxarri,1,2 Isabel Romero,2 F. Javier García de Abajo,3 Rainer Hillenbrand,4 and Javier Aizpurua1,2,* 1Centro de Física de Materiales, CSIC-UPV/EHU, Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal 4, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain 2Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal 4, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain 3Instituto de(More)
We study the optical properties of metamaterials formed by layers of metallic nanoparticles. The effective optical constants of these materials are retrieved from the calculated angle-dependent Fresnel reflection coefficients for s and p incident-light polarization. We investigate the degree of anisotropy in the effective permittivity as a function of(More)
Two new isomers trans,mer-[RuIICl2(bpea)(DMSO)], 2a, and cis,fac-[RuIICl2(bpea)(DMSO)], 2b, (bpea = N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylamine), as well as the bis-DMSO complex trans,fac-[RuIICl(bpea)(DMSO)2]Cl, 3, have been synthesized and characterized by cyclic voltammetry and UV-vis and 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy in solution. Their solid-state structure has(More)