Coupling plasmonic catalysis and nanocrystal growth through cyclic regeneration of NADH†
In a typical colloidal synthesis, the molecules of the reducing agent are irreversibly oxidized during nanocrystal growth. Such a scenario is of questionable sustainability when confronted with naturally occurring processes in which reducing agent molecules are cyclically regenerated. Here we show that cofactor molecules once consumed in the nucleation and growth of metallic nanocrystals can be photoregenerated using metallic nanocrystals as photocatalysts and reused in the subsequent nucleation process. Cyclic regeneration of cofactor molecules opens up the possibilities for the sustainable synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles.