Webinar 4: Gold and plasmonics, February 17, 2021, More information.

In preparation of the Gold 2022 conference, a series of webinars on each one of the main scientific topics will be organized by the conference chairs and the local committee. Each webinar will be held on fixed dates. It will be chaired by an expert in the field, appointed by the organization committee. Each webinar will include talks from two (2) invited experts in the field: one (1) international expert whose research was highlighted by several papers published in high-impact factor journals in the last 3 years (since Gold 2018), and one (1) international expert based in Canada, who will also project the recent research advances in the field in the Country. We believe that this approach will lead to high-quality scientific discussions while arousing the interest of the scientific community for research taking place both internationally as well as in the host country. It will also help the international scientific community to connect with local experts during Gold 2022.

The total duration of each webinar will be 90 minutes.

  Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 11h00 - 12h30 Eastern Time
  Online Conference

  Chair: Dr Olivier Pluchery, Université de la Sorbonne, France

  • Thermoplasmonics: Let’s do something useful with metal losses

    Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in controlling temperature on the nanoscale motivated by applications to different fields, including information technology, chemistry and medicine. Under illumination at its plasmon resonance, a gold nanoparticle features enhanced light absorption, turning it into an efficient nano-source of heat, remotely controllable by light. By combining efficient light-to-heat conversion, strong temperature gradients and fast time dynamics, plasmon-enabled heating (also known as Thermoplasmonics) opens a wide range of new opportunities over standard heating schemes. In this talk, following a general introduction about the main assets of Thermoplasmonics, we will present some of our recent research on several novel applications, from on-a-chip biosensing and additive manufacturing to implant disinfection and fibrosis treatment.
    Dr Romain Quidant
    Nanophotonic Systems Laboratory
    Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering
    ETH Zürich

    I received a PhD in Physics (2002) from the University of Dijon, in France. Right after defending my thesis, I joined ICFO as a postdoctoral researcher. This was the year of its creation and I was lucky enough to get actively involved into the early developments of the Institute. In 2006, I was appointed junior Professor (tenure-track) and group leader of the Plasmon NanoOptics group at ICFO. In 2009, I became tenure Professor both at ICFO and ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research). After nearly 18 years at ICFO, in June 2020, I joined the Mechanical and Process Engineering department (D-MAVT) at ETH Zurich. I am recipient of 5 ERC grants (StG2010, PoC2011, PoC2015, CoG2015 and SyG2020) and several international and national prizes (Fresnel2009, City of Barcelona 2010, International Commission for Optics 2012, National research Prize 2014, Banc Sabadell 2017). I serve as the executive editor of ACSPhotonics (American Chemical Society).
    Our research focuses on nano-optics, at the interface between Photonics (the science of light) and Nanotechnology. We use the unique optical properties of nanostructures as an enabling toolbox to design solutions to scientific and technological challenges, in a wide set of disciplines, from fundamental physics to biotechnology and medicine. This makes our group highly interdisciplinary and involved in both basic and applied research. The most fundamental part of our work is mainly directed towards enhanced light/matter interaction and optomechanics. From a more applied viewpoint, our team investigates news strategies to control light and heat at the nanometer scale for biomedical applications, including lab-on-a-chip technology and targeted hyperthermia and for reconfigurable planar optics.
  • Plasmonics nanoparticles for use in theranostics

    Plasmonic nanoparticles such as gold, silver or their alloys are interesting nanomaterials for their applications in therapeutics and diagnostics in nanomedicine. In this presentation, I will present recent developments performed in this field at Polytechnique. A new method for delivering exogenous biomolecules into targeted cells using an ultrafast laser and plasmonic nanoparticles will be presented. The technique of plasmon-mediated laser nanosurgery has been used to effectively perform gene transfection in various living cells and delivery of biomolecules in vivo in animal model for ophthalmic applications. This technology has been also used for locally stimulating neurons to control neuronal activity and cell signaling. Moreover, alloy nanoparticles have been synthesized using an improved seeded-growth approach. These spectrally distinctive plasmonic nanoparticles are used as biomarkers to perform quantitative multiplexed 3D imaging of cells and tissues. Our techniques show promises of innovative tools for basic research in biology and medicine as well as effective alternative technologies that could be adapted to the therapeutic, diagnostic, theranostics tools of the clinic.

    Dr Michel Meunier
    Engineering Physics Department
    Polytechnique Montréal

    Michel Meunier obtained a PhD from MIT in 1984. In 1985, he began his career at Polytechnique Montreal and he was promoted to full professor in 1993. Holder of a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 and co-founder of LTRIM Technologies, Michel Meunier is also a laureate, in 2006, of a Synergy Award for Innovation. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, as well as OSA and SPIE. In 2016, he won the Guy Rocher Award for his excellence in teaching at the university level. His intense research activities focus on the development of new optical nanomaterials, nano-optical devices and laser technology for nanomedicine applications. He has published more than 380 articles and supervised more than 120 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Since June 1st 2019, he is the Head of the Engineering Physics department.

  Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 19h00 - 20h30 Eastern Time
  Online Conference

  Chair: Dr Daniel B. Leznoff, Simon Fraser University, Canada

  • Recent Advances in Luminescent Gold-Containing Molecular Functional Materials

    In this webinar, recent advances in the design and synthesis of novel classes of luminescent gold complexes with functional properties will be described. The chromophoric and luminescence properties have been studied and their spectroscopic origins elucidated. Correlations of the chromophoric and luminescence behavior with the electronic and structural properties of the gold complexes have been made. The characteristics of these complexes can be tailored for specific applications including as molecular materials for optoelectronics, electronics and stimuli-responsive functions.
    Dr Vivian Wing-Wah Yam
    Institute of Molecular Functional Materials and Department of Chemistry
    The University of Hong Kong
    P. R. China

    Vivian W.-W. Yam obtained both her BSc (Hons) and PhD from The University of Hong Kong, and is currently the Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and Chair Professor of Chemistry at The University of Hong Kong. She was elected to Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, International Member (Foreign Associate) of US National Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, Fellow of TWAS and Founding Member of Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. She was Laureate of the 2011 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award. Her research interests include inorganic/organometallic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, photophysics and photochemistry, and metal-based molecular functional materials for sensing, organic optoelectronics and energy research.
  • Coordination and Metallic Clusters of Gold with New Ligand Types

    The chemistry of atomically precise gold clusters continues to develop at a rapid pace. In the first part of this seminar, how N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands play an emerging role in gold-chalcogenide cluster science will be highlighted. NHCs can be used to effectively stabilize polymetallic assemblies of Au(I) and, when merged with the rich luminescence features of heterometallic group 11-chalcogenide clusters, they offer an ability to probe composition/structure/property relationships systematically. This has enabled a series of isostructural coordination clusters [(NHC)4Au4M43-E)4] (M = Ag, Au; E = S, Se, Te) to be prepared where systematic replacement of the central metals and/or chalcogen is possible.[1] Phosphorescence is observed from all clusters and emission energies can be varied based on the choice of metal and chalcogen within structurally identical cluster cores. Higher nuclearity cluster frameworks are also accessible using this approach.[2] In the second part of this seminar, the tailoring of Au nanoclusters via interfacial surface chemistry will be described. In a collaborative work, the thiolate surfaces of monodisperse [Au25(SCH2CH2-C6H4-N3)18]- platforms that contain azide moieties as part of the ligands are being developed, the make-up of the surfaces confirmed by single crystal X-ray analysis and spectroscopic techniques.[3] The -N3 moieties can undergo strain-promoted alkyne-azide cycloaddition reactions on the cluster surfaces, enabling selective incorporation of functionality with retention of the Au25 frameworks.
[1] J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 14045-14048.
[2] Dalton Trans., 2020, 49, 593-597.
[3] J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 11781-11785.
Dr John F. Corrigan
Department of Chemistry
Western University

John F. Corrigan is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Western University London, Ontario, Canada. He obtained his B.Sc. (Chemistry Specialist) from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo. His research interests are located on the frontiers between coordination chemistry, materials chemistry and nanosciences: his team targets molecular clusters and functional nanomaterials with the design of molecules that are incorporated into more complex architectures (“molecular precursor approach”).

  Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 11h00 - 12h30 Eastern Time
  Online Conference

  Chair: Dr Alexandre Brolo, University of Victoria, Canada

  • Fundamentals and Applications of Electrodeposited Au from Pyridine-Derivative Containing Solutions

    Tetrachloroaurate is, by far, the most popular precursor used in the formation of gold nanoparticles. However, AuI species have been championed as potentially better precursors because of the lower energy associated with one versus three electron transfer, the larger thermodynamic driving force for the reduction of AuI compared to AuIII, and the use of AuI-complex ligands as in situ capping agents and growth directing mediators. Empirically, we have observed evidence of the spontaneous formation of a AuI species upon the addition of 4-methoxypyridine (Py/) to aqueous tetrachloroaurate (AuCl4-) solutions. In this seminar, fundamental studies of the (electro)chemistry of the tetrachloroaurate- Py/ system are described that reveal the co-existence of both AuIII and AuI species. The observation of a slow, but spontaneous, conversion of AuIII species to AuI species is explained by demonstrating that the oxidation of the pyridine derivative drives a galvanic reaction involving a AuIII/AuI redox couple. Electrodeposition of metallic gold onto ITO electrodes from these solutions leads to the formation of highly anisotropic nanoparticles and can be (at least partially) attributed to the disproportionation of AuI and the preferential adsorption of Py/ on certain crystallographic facets of growing electrodeposits. The resulting gold modified substrates have excellent applications as bimodal platforms for surface enhanced vibrational spectroscopies. Dagger shaped gold particles have been electrodeposited on surfaces of conductive indium tin oxide (ITO) films. The optical extinction of these AuND@ITO substrates extends from the near-IR to long wavelength mid-infrared frequencies. AuND@ITO substrates are assessed as potential enhancing interfaces for dual modality, spectroelectrochemical, surface sensitive vibrational spectroscopy; specifically surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) using 1064 nm excitation and attenuated total reflectance surface enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy (ATR-SEIRAS) using a broadband emission source.
    Dr Ian Burgess
    Department of Chemistry
    University of Saskatchewan,

    Dr. Ian Burgess is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. His expertise is in the adsorption of metal-nanoparticle stabilizing molecules, infrared spectroelectrochemistry and infrared imaging. He is the beamteam leader of the mid infrared beamline at the Canadian Light Source (CLS)- Canada's synchrotron facility. He has developed advanced FTIR investigations of gold electrode surfaces using SEIRAS (surface enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy) and has developed microfluidic imaging capabilities at the midIR beamline at the CLS.. He has published over 90 papers and three book chapters. He is a co-founder of Jackfish SEC, a spinoff company based in Saskatoon that makes specialty equipment for infrared spectroelectrochemistry.

  Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 11h00 - 12h30 Eastern Time
  Online Conference

  Chair: Dr Graham Hutchings,Cardiff University, United Kingdom

  • Harvesting the free energy of light using gold

    In my talk, I will show that the photoexcitation of plasmon resonances in gold nanoparticles induces new catalytic behavior in gold enabling redox transformations that are otherwise not possible. For instance, we have found that under visible light excitation, gold nanoparticles catalyze the kinetically challenging, multi-electron, multi-proton reduction of CO2 to hydrocarbons. The redox conversion is triggered by energetic electron–hole pairs generated in the gold nanoparticles by interband damping of the plasmon resonance. C–C coupling to form longer hydrocarbons is observed in this light-driven process, which suggests that photoexcitation induces a reaction pathway distinct from that in a thermocatalytic process. The product selectivity is tuned by light intensity and photon energy. Finally, I will show that this scheme goes well beyond photocatalysis: free energy can be harvested from plasmonic excitations of Au nanoparticles and stored in the form of energetic chemical bonds.
    Dr Prashant K. Jain, PhD
    Department of Chemistry
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
    United States
    Prashant K. Jain grew up in Bombay, where he completed his undergraduate education. He obtained his PhD working with M. A. El-Sayed at Georgia Tech, following which he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard. After a Miller Fellowship at UC Berkeley, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is an Alumni Scholar and Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Materials Research Lab, and the Beckman Institute. He is also a Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar and an Affiliate Faculty Member in Physics. His research webpage can be found at https://nanogold.org. Prashant’s lab studies light–matter interactions on the nanoscale. His lab is best known for using nanoscale-confined light for artificial photosynthesis and for probing the workings of complex materials and catalysts. His lab has also expanded the phenomenon of plasmon resonances beyond metal nanostructures to semiconductor nanocrystals. His collective work has been cited over 23,700 times. He has been listed among Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics and Elsevier Scopus. Prashant is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a TR35 inventor, a Sloan Fellow, and a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Physical Chemistry and is the lead developer of nanoDDSCAT, an open-source computational toolkit for nano-optics and photonics.


  • The Tale of the two Golds: Gold on Chitosan Nanocrystals as a versatile Platform in Catalysis and Mechanochemistry as a novel Method to access Gold Nanoparticles

    We explored the use of carboxylated chitin nanocrystals (ChNCs) and their deacetylated versions chitosan nanocrystals (ChsNCs) as support material for gold-based catalysts. ChNCs were initially prepared through the treatment of chitin by ammonium persulfate. ChsNCs were subsequently prepared using an alkaline deacetylation procedure in the presence of NaBH4 to preserve the nanorod structure of the biomaterial. Subsequently, we tested the ability of the as-made ChNCs and ChsNCs as support for Au species. In a reductive environment, these acted as highly active catalysts for the 4-nitrophenol reduction, while the aldehyde–amine–alkyne (A3) coupling reactions functioned very well with these systems, demonstrating the ability to stabilize a Au(I) form. Spectroscopic and imaging techniques confirmed the importance of precisely controlling the redox state of Au as it is being deposited to afford a highly disperse active site on the bionano-support. In another example, we developed a novel synthetic method for the scalable production of gold nanoparticles (NPs) under solvent-free, mechanochemical conditions. The synthesis of Au NPs provided access to monodisperse and ultra-small NPs in the size range of 1–4 nm, without external reducing agents or bulk solvents. Using lignin as a biomass-based reducer, we could access embedded Au NPs of Au in on pot.

    Sources: Biomacromoleculese 2020, 21, 6, 2236–2245 and Green Chem., 2014, 16 (1), 86-89
    Audrey Moores, PhD
    Center for Green Chemistry and Catalysis
    Department of Chemistry
    McGill University
    Audrey Moores is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry (2007-17) at McGill University, where she started her independent career in 2007. She completed her PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique, France in 2005, under the supervision of Prof. Pascal Le Floch and received the Best Thesis award of the Ecole Polytechnique that year. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University in 2006 under the guidance of Prof. Robert H. Crabtree, funded by a Lavoisier fellowship from the European Union. She is a leading expert in the field of catalysis using metal, metal oxide and biomass-based nanomaterials, with a special emphasis on sustainable processes and use of earth abundant starting materials. Specifically, she has made important discovery towards the use of iron for the important hydrogenation and oxidation catalytic reactions and replace noble metals as catalysts. She is also developing entirely novel methods towards the synthesis of size controlled nanomaterials under solvent-free conditions. She is also studying novel photo catalysts based on plasmonic materials. Her scientific work has been published in 80 high profile, peer reviewed publications, such as J. Am. Chem. Soc., Green Chem., Chem. Comm., or ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. She also authored 7 book chapters, 1 book and 3 patents (>4700 citations & h-index 35 from Google Scholar). She was elected in 2020 as a Member of the College of the New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.





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Webinar's Topics to come:

  • Synthesis of  nanoparticles and nanostructures
  • Gold-containing molecular and supramolecular complexes
  • High-purity gold synthesis and recycling
  • Catalysis
  • Electrochemistry
  • Plasmonics (fundamentals, engineering and systems)
  • Electronics, optics and photonics
  • Biomedical applications of gold: in vivo applications and technologies, injectable nanoparticles and pharmacology
  • Biomedical applications of gold: sensors and devices
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Computational approaches, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI)


Important Dates

Abstract submission open
October 6, 2021

Registration start
November 3, 2021

Abstract submission deadline
March 9, 2022

Abstract acceptance notice
April 6, 2022

Early bird and presenting author registration deadline
April 27, 2022

July 17-20, 2022