Vincenzo Amendola

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In the past years, laser ablation synthesis in solution (LASiS) emerged as a reliable alternative to traditional chemical reduction methods for obtaining noble metal nanoparticles (NMNp). LASiS is a "green" technique for the synthesis of stable NMNp in water or in organic solvents, which does not need stabilizing molecules or other chemicals. The so(More)
Laser ablation synthesis in liquid solution (LASiS) is a "green" technique that gives access to the preparation of a library of nanomaterials. Bare noble metal spherical particles, multiphase core-shell oxides, metal-semiconductor heterostructures, layered organometallic compounds and other complex nanostructures can be obtained with the same experimental(More)
Diagnostic approaches based on multimodal imaging are needed for accurate selection of the therapeutic regimens in several diseases, although the dose of administered contrast drugs must be reduced to minimize side effects. Therefore, large efforts are deployed in the development of multimodal contrast agents (MCAs) that permit the complementary(More)
We show how light forces can be used to trap gold nanoaggregates of selected structure and optical properties obtained by laser ablation in liquid. We measure the optical trapping forces on nanoaggregates with an average size range 20-750 nm, revealing how the plasmon-enhanced fields play a crucial role in the trapping of metal clusters featuring different(More)
Nanoalloys of noble metals with transition metals are crucial components for the integration of plasmonics with magnetic and catalytic properties, as well as for the production of low-cost photonic devices. However, due to synthetic challenges in the realization of nanoscale solid solutions of noble metals and transition metals, very little is known about(More)
The function of cell-specific ligands on gold nanoparticles can be selectively gated by the action of co-grafted thermosensitive polymers. Below the LCST the responsive chain-extended polymers prevent cell-surface receptors from accessing the affinity ligands while above the LCST, the polymers collapse exposing the ligands and allowing binding to receptors,(More)
Stable colloidal solutions of free silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been synthesized without reducing and stabilizing agents in pure acetonitrile and N,N-dimethylformamide by laser ablation of the bulk metal. Synthesis in tetrahydrofuran and dimethyl sulfoxide gave nanoparticles surrounded by a carbon shell or included in a carbon matrix. Mie theory for(More)
We describe an environmentally friendly, top-down approach to the synthesis of Au89Fe11 nanoparticles (NPs). The plasmonic response of the gold moiety and the magnetism of the iron moiety coexist in the Au89Fe11 nanoalloy with strong modification compared to single element NPs, revealing a non-linear surface plasmon resonance dependence on the iron fraction(More)