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Assistance of metal nanoparticles in photocatalysis – nothing more than a classical heat source

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Abstract

In a recent paper, we derived a self-consistent theory of the steady-state electron distribution of a metal under continuous wave illumination which treats thermal and non-thermal effects on the same footing. Here, we re-derive the main analytical results of that study from very simple arguments, and draw a series of conclusions which contradict claims made in previous studies of the steady-state distribution. In particular, we show that the faster chemical reactions reported in many previous papers are extremely unlikely to originate from high energy non-thermal electrons. Instead, the faster reactions very likely originate from a purely thermal effect.

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The article was received on 04 Oct 2018, accepted on 02 Nov 2018 and first published on 02 Nov 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8FD00147B
Citation: Faraday Discuss., 2019, Advance Article

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    Assistance of metal nanoparticles in photocatalysis – nothing more than a classical heat source

    Y. Sivan, I. W. Un and Y. Dubi, Faraday Discuss., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8FD00147B

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