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A Reconfigurable Nanophotonic Heterostructure Engineered by a DNA Origami Switch

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DNA origami has been widely used to construct nanophotonic structures due to its unparallel capability on assembling photonic nanomaterials with nanometer precision. Nevertheless, the majority of fabricated fluorescence-based nanophotonic systems so far operate in the ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) region, which accompany with limitations of shallow penetration and potential light damage. Herein, we constructed a reconfigurable nanophotonic heterostructure by integrating an upconversion nanoparticle (UCNP) and a gold nanorod (AuNR) on a DNA origami switch (DOS) template. With the unique anti-Stokes luminescence of UCNP whose excitation wavelength is mostly located in the near-infrared (NIR) region, the obtained reconfigurable nanophotonic system can be excited by 980 laser light and generates visible light emission. In our nanophotonic system, the DNA origami template serves as a switch to reversibly tune the optical properties of UCNP. The construction of this nanophotonic heterostructure expands the toolbox of DNA origami-based nanophotonic systems that may hold great potentials in optical biosensing and imaging.

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