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Plasmonic photocatalysts: harvesting visible light with noble metal nanoparticles

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Abstract

The efforts to produce photocatalysts operating efficiently under visible light have led to a number of plasmonic photocatalysts, in which noble metal nanoparticles are deposited on the surface of polar semiconductor or insulator particles. In the metal–semiconductor composite photocatalysts, the noble metal nanoparticles act as a major component for harvesting visible light due to their surface plasmon resonance while the metal–semiconductor interface efficiently separates the photogenerated electrons and holes. In this article, we survey various plasmonic photocatalysts that have been prepared and characterized in recent years.

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The article was received on 15 Mar 2012, accepted on 03 May 2012 and first published on 08 May 2012


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40823F
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012,14, 9813-9825
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    Plasmonic photocatalysts: harvesting visible light with noble metal nanoparticles

    P. Wang, B. Huang, Y. Dai and M. Whangbo, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 9813
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40823F

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