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Synergy between thermal and nonthermal effects in plasmonic photocatalysis

Li, Xueqian and Everitt, Henry O. and Liu, Jie (2020) Synergy between thermal and nonthermal effects in plasmonic photocatalysis. Nano Research, 13 (5). pp. 1268-1280. ISSN 1998-0124.

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Plasmonic photocatalysis represents the synergetic union of two active fields of research: plasmonic effects in illuminated metallic nanoparticles and catalytic effects in tailored metallic nanoparticles. Traditionally, metallic nanoparticles that excel for one application are limited for the other, but recent developments have shown that desirable catalytic behaviors, such as reduced activation barriers and improved product selectivity, derive from nonthermal behaviors uniquely produced by this synergy. After examining such findings, this review will address a specific debate that has recently surfaced: what is the relative degree of contributions of thermal and nonthermal effects in plasmonic photocatalysis? We demonstrate the importance of correctly accounting for thermal effects before characterizing nonthermal contributions. We show that another synergy occurs: these desirable nonthermal behaviors have a temperature dependence, and the resulting temperature-dependent reaction rates far exceed what can be explained from purely thermal effects alone. Thus, the synergy of plasmonic photocatalysis offers an exciting new contribution to the quest for efficient, selective, sustainable methods for chemical synthesis and energy conversion.

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Additional Information:© 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Received 08 November 2019; Revised 31 January 2020; Accepted 01 February 2020; Published 23 March 2020. The authors thank Dr. Xiao Zhang, Dr. Matthew E. Reish, and Professor Weitao Yang for their valuable contributions to this work. Work at Duke was supported in part by the National Science Foundation (CHE-1565657) and the Army Research Office (Award W911NF-15-1-0320). X. L. was supported by the Department of Defense (DoD) through the National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) Program.
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Army Research Office (ARO)W911NF-15-1-0320
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:plasmonic catalysis, hot carriers, photothermal catalysis, localized surface plasmon
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Official Citation:Li, X., Everitt, H.O. & Liu, J. Synergy between thermal and nonthermal effects in plasmonic photocatalysis. Nano Res. 13, 1268–1280 (2020).
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