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Nanoparticles make extremely black material that enables “plasmonic” heating

Gold nanoparticles

HOT STUFF  Gold nanoparticles line the pores of a new material that can absorb a range of visible and infrared wavelengths of light, creating heat. Inset (right) shows the material’s tiny nanopores. 

L. Zhou et al/Science Advances 2016

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