Issue 13, 2015

Label-free monitoring of plasmonic catalysis on the nanoscale


Plasmonics is the description of specific light matter interactions of metallic structures. In general the size of such structures is well in the nanometer regime and also determines such specific characteristics as color, field confinement etc. Plasmon-induced hot electrons play a vital role in so-called plasmonic catalysis, a field that has recently attracted attention as a new reaction platform. Current reports introduce such nanoscale catalysis as an effective approach to concentrate the energy of visible light and direct it to adsorbed molecules, thereby increasing the chemical reaction rate, and controlling the reaction selectivity. In this review, we present various plasmon-catalyzed reactions specifically monitored with Raman spectroscopy, namely surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), remote SERS (Re-SERS) and tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS). These techniques utilize the signal enhancing effect of the metal nanoparticles. However, at the same time they can be used to control the actual reactivity. In the first part, the mechanism of plasmonic catalysis is introduced. Then it is shown how catalytic reactions can be spectroscopically investigated far beyond the diffraction limit using TERS. Finally, the sensitivity of the methods is discussed.

Graphical abstract: Label-free monitoring of plasmonic catalysis on the nanoscale

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31 Mar 2015
06 May 2015
First published
07 May 2015
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Analyst, 2015,140, 4325-4335

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Label-free monitoring of plasmonic catalysis on the nanoscale

Z. Zhang, T. Deckert-Gaudig and V. Deckert, Analyst, 2015, 140, 4325 DOI: 10.1039/C5AN00630A

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