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About the nanoDDSCAT project

There is a rising interest in plasmonic nanostructures in labs around the world. The interesting optical properties of these materials are finding applications in biomedicine, sensing, and solar energy harvesting. The nanoDDSCAT project is aimed at equipping the research community with a versatile easy-to-use tool that will allow the understanding and design of optically interesting plasmonic nanostructures. nanoDDSCAT is a collaborative effort between the Jain lab (supported by a NSF CAREER award) and the NSF-funded nanoBIO node at UIUC.

The nanoDDSCAT and nanoDDSCAT+ tools are now freely available via The tools, based on the PhD thesis of PI Jain, utilizes the open-source implementation of the discrete dipole approximation method developed by B. T. Draine and P.J. Flatau of Princeton University. The tools have a user-friendly GUI interface that will allow custom design of plasmonic nanostructures of arbitrary complexity. Research-grade simulation and visualization of absorption and scattering spectra and near-fields are possible. Training on the tool are possible via the nanoDDSCAT manual, videos hosted on the nanoBIO node YouTube channel, & the BioNanotechnology Summer Institute. We have 600+ users worldwide and research papers/proceedings have resulted from the application of these tools by our user-base:

About the developers

Leads: Prashant K. Jain and Nahil Sobh

Team: Abder Rahman N. Sobh, Sarah L. White, Jeremy G. Smith, John Feser

DOI: nanoDDSCAT (10.4231/D32B8VC7W) and nanoDDSCAT+ (10.4231/D33R0PV3K)


1) Q.-C. Sun, Y. Ding, S. M. Goodman, H. H. Funke, P. Nagpal, Copper plasmonics and catalysis: Role of electron-phonon interactions in dephasing localized surface plasmons, Nanoscale, 2014, 6(21), 12450-12457.

2) A. Fang (co-first); S. L. White (co-first); P. K. Jain, F. P. Zamborini, Regio-selective plasmonic coupling in metamolecular analogs of benzene derivatives, Nano Letters, 2014, 15(1), 542-548.

3) Y. Zhang, Q. Liu, H. Mundoor, Y. Yuan, I. I. Smalyukh, Metal nanoparticle dispersion, alignment and assembly in nematic liquid crystals for applications in switchable plasmonic color filters and e-polarizers, ACS Nano, 2015, 9(3), 3097-3108.

4) H. de Puig; J. O. Tam; C.-W. Yen, L. Gehrke, K. Hamad-Schifferli, Extinction coefficient of gold nanostars, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2015, 119(30) 17408-17415.

5) A. Fang (co-first), S. L. White (co-first), R. A. Masitas, F. P. Zamborini, P. K. Jain, One-to-one correlation between structure and optical response in a heterogeneous distribution of plasmonic constructs, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2015, 119(42), 24086-24094.

6) M. T. Quint, S. Delgado, Z. S. Nuno, L. S. Hirst, S. Ghosh; John H. Paredes, All-optical switching of nematic liquid crystal films driven by localized surface plasmons, Optics Express, 2015, 23(5), 6888-6895.

7) K. K. Liu, S. Tadepalli, G. Kumari, P. Banerjee, L. Tian, P. K. Jain, Polarization-dependent surface enhanced Raman scattering activity of anisotropic plasmonic nanorattles, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016, 120(30), 16899-16906.

8) J. G. Smith (co-first), I. Chakraborty (co-first), P. K. Jain, In-situ singlenanoparticle spectroscopy study of bimetallic nanostructure formation, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2016, 10.1002/anie.201604710.

9) M. T. Quint, S. Delgado, J. Paredes, L. S. Hirst, S. Ghosh, Optical switching of nematic liquid crystal film arising from induced electric field of localized surface plasmon resonance, Proceedings of SPIE, 2015, 9547: 954729-1-954729-8.

10) M. T. Quint, S. Ghosh, Nanoplasmonics for all-optical control of devices, IWCE 2015 Proceedings, 2015, 177-178.

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