Biological Kerker Effect Boosts Light Collection Efficiency in Plants

Hani Barhom, Andrey A. Machnev, Roman E. Noskov, Alexander Goncharenko, Egor A. Gurvitz, Alexander S. Timin, Vitaliy A. Shkoldin, Sergei V. Koniakhin, Olga Yu Koval, Mikhail V. Zyuzin, Alexander S. Shalin, Ivan I. Shishkin, Pavel Ginzburg

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Being the polymorphs of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), vaterite and calcite have attracted a great deal of attention as promising biomaterials for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Furthermore, they are important biogenic minerals, enabling living organisms to reach specific functions. In nature, vaterite and calcite monocrystals typically form self-assembled polycrystal micro- and nanoparticles, also referred to as spherulites. Here, we demonstrate that alpine plants belonging to the Saxifraga genus can tailor light scattering channels and utilize multipole interference effect to improve light collection efficiency via producing CaCO3 polycrystal nanoparticles on the margins of their leaves. To provide a clear physical background behind this concept, we study optical properties of artificially synthesized vaterite nanospherulites and reveal the phenomenon of directional light scattering. Dark-field spectroscopy measurements are supported by a comprehensive numerical analysis, accounting for the complex microstructure of particles. We demonstrate the appearance of generalized Kerker condition, where several higher order multipoles interfere constructively in the forward direction, governing the interaction phenomenon. As a result, highly directive forward light scattering from vaterite nanospherulites is observed in the entire visible range. Furthermore, ex vivo studies of microstructure and optical properties of leaves for the alpine plants Saxifraga "Southside Seedling" and Saxifraga Paniculata Ria are performed and underline the importance of the Kerker effect for these living organisms. Our results pave the way for a bioinspired strategy of efficient light collection by self-assembled polycrystal CaCO3 nanoparticles via tailoring light propagation directly to the photosynthetic tissue with minimal losses to undesired scattering channels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7062-7071
Number of pages10
JournalNano Letters
Volume19
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2019

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biological effects
Calcium Carbonate
Polycrystals
polycrystals
acceleration (physics)
Light scattering
light scattering
Calcite
Nanoparticles
calcite
organisms
nanoparticles
leaves
multipoles
Optical properties
optical properties
Forward scattering
spherulites
microstructure
Microstructure

Keywords

  • autofluorescence
  • Biophotonics
  • calcite
  • plant photonics
  • polycrystalline biomineral spherulite
  • vaterite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Barhom, H., Machnev, A. A., Noskov, R. E., Goncharenko, A., Gurvitz, E. A., Timin, A. S., ... Ginzburg, P. (2019). Biological Kerker Effect Boosts Light Collection Efficiency in Plants. Nano Letters, 19(10), 7062-7071. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b02540

Biological Kerker Effect Boosts Light Collection Efficiency in Plants. / Barhom, Hani; Machnev, Andrey A.; Noskov, Roman E.; Goncharenko, Alexander; Gurvitz, Egor A.; Timin, Alexander S.; Shkoldin, Vitaliy A.; Koniakhin, Sergei V.; Koval, Olga Yu; Zyuzin, Mikhail V.; Shalin, Alexander S.; Shishkin, Ivan I.; Ginzburg, Pavel.

In: Nano Letters, Vol. 19, No. 10, 09.10.2019, p. 7062-7071.

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Barhom, H, Machnev, AA, Noskov, RE, Goncharenko, A, Gurvitz, EA, Timin, AS, Shkoldin, VA, Koniakhin, SV, Koval, OY, Zyuzin, MV, Shalin, AS, Shishkin, II & Ginzburg, P 2019, 'Biological Kerker Effect Boosts Light Collection Efficiency in Plants', Nano Letters, vol. 19, no. 10, pp. 7062-7071. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b02540
Barhom H, Machnev AA, Noskov RE, Goncharenko A, Gurvitz EA, Timin AS et al. Biological Kerker Effect Boosts Light Collection Efficiency in Plants. Nano Letters. 2019 Oct 9;19(10):7062-7071. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b02540
Barhom, Hani ; Machnev, Andrey A. ; Noskov, Roman E. ; Goncharenko, Alexander ; Gurvitz, Egor A. ; Timin, Alexander S. ; Shkoldin, Vitaliy A. ; Koniakhin, Sergei V. ; Koval, Olga Yu ; Zyuzin, Mikhail V. ; Shalin, Alexander S. ; Shishkin, Ivan I. ; Ginzburg, Pavel. / Biological Kerker Effect Boosts Light Collection Efficiency in Plants. In: Nano Letters. 2019 ; Vol. 19, No. 10. pp. 7062-7071.
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