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Molecules 2016, 21(2), 180; doi:10.3390/molecules21020180

Recent Development of Plasmonic Resonance-Based Photocatalysis and Photovoltaics for Solar Utilization

Ability R & D Energy Research Centre, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Jimmy C. Yu and Wing-Kei Ho
Received: 30 November 2015 / Revised: 24 January 2016 / Accepted: 27 January 2016 / Published: 2 February 2016
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Increasing utilization of solar energy is an effective strategy to tackle our energy and energy-related environmental issues. Both solar photocatalysis (PC) and solar photovoltaics (PV) have high potential to develop technologies of many practical applications. Substantial research efforts are devoted to enhancing visible light activation of the photoelectrocatalytic reactions by various modifications of nanostructured semiconductors. This review paper emphasizes the recent advancement in material modifications by means of the promising localized surface plasmonic resonance (LSPR) mechanisms. The principles of LSPR and its effects on the photonic efficiency of PV and PC are discussed here. Many research findings reveal the promise of Au and Ag plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs). Continual investigation for increasing the stability of the plasmonic NPs will be fruitful. View Full-Text
Keywords: visible light absorption; plasmonic photocatalysis; plasmonic photovoltaics; electron oscillation; hybrid nanostructures visible light absorption; plasmonic photocatalysis; plasmonic photovoltaics; electron oscillation; hybrid nanostructures
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Fan, W.; Leung, M.K.H. Recent Development of Plasmonic Resonance-Based Photocatalysis and Photovoltaics for Solar Utilization. Molecules 2016, 21, 180.

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