Plasmon (IMAGE) Rice University Caption Rice University scientists coupled gold nanoparticles with soft polymers that pull energy from the gold's plasmonic response to light. That energy can then be used to potentially catalyze chemical reactions. Credit Emily Searles/Rice University Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.