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Investigation of charge transfer at the TiO2–MBA–Au interface based on surface-enhanced Raman scattering: SPR contribution

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Abstract

Charge transfer (CT) at the interfaces between titanium dioxide (TiO2) and gold (Au) is investigated by surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy probed by a sandwiched molecule 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA). For the first time, the contribution of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to CT is studied by tuning the surface plasmon absorption of Au nanorods (NRs) from 530 nm to 793 nm. Moreover, the degrees of CT in the TiO2–MBA–Au assemblies are calculated and the maximum degree of CT is obtained when the excitation laser wavelength is resonant with the SPR absorption of the assemblies. Accordingly, we propose a CT pathway in these semiconductor–molecule–metal assemblies, and the mechanism by which SPR contributes to the CT at the interfaces is discussed. This study has established a simple and effective way of studying the influence of SPR on interfacial CT by using SERS, which is beneficial for further investigations on interfacial charge transfers. Our findings will have significant importance for the improvement of photoelectric devices and photocatalytic efficiency.

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The article was received on 02 Jan 2018, accepted on 21 Jan 2018 and first published on 24 Jan 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP00014J
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Advance Article
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    Investigation of charge transfer at the TiO2–MBA–Au interface based on surface-enhanced Raman scattering: SPR contribution

    R. Han, W. Song, X. Wang, Z. Mao, X. X. Han and B. Zhao, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8CP00014J

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