Yadong Yin1

1, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California, United States

Colloidal nanostructures have been studied quite extensively in the research area of heterogeneous catalysis long before the introduction of the concept of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The significant progress achieved in the past twenty years in chemical synthesis has enabled precise control over not only the size but also the shape of the metal nanostructures, and therefore attracted intense interest not only in catalysis but also optoelectronics due to the well-known effect of localized surface plasmon resonance. In this presentation, I will introduce our recent progress in the synthesis of colloidal metal nanostructures in confined spaces using various templating methods, their chemical transformation behavior, and further manipulation of their secondary structures. By combining the confinement of templates with the seed-mediated growth strategy, we demonstrate the significant advantages of this general method over the conventional ones in creating a large variety of nanomaterials with novel plasmonic properties.