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Nanoscale. 2012 Jan 21;4(2):343-59. doi: 10.1039/c1nr11313e. Epub 2011 Dec 7.

Optical materials based on molecular nanoparticles.

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  • 1School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 500 046, India.


A major part of contemporary nanomaterials research is focused on metal and semiconductor nanoparticles, constituted of extended lattices of atoms or ions. Molecular nanoparticles assembled from small molecules through non-covalent interactions are relatively less explored but equally fascinating materials. Their unique and versatile characteristics have attracted considerable attention in recent years, establishing their identity and status as a novel class of nanomaterials. Optical characteristics of molecular nanoparticles capture the essence of their nanoscale features and form the basis of a variety of applications. This review describes the advances made in the field of fabrication of molecular nanoparticles, the wide spectrum of their optical and nonlinear optical characteristics and explorations of the potential applications that exploit their unique optical attributes.

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