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Plasmon-Induced Electrocatalysis with Multi-Component Nanostructures

Department of Material Engineering, KU Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, P.O. Box 2450, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium
Département de Chimie, Faculté des Sciences, Université Mouloud Mammeri, B.P N 17 RP, Tizi Ouzou 15000, Algérie
Univ. Lille, CNRS, Centrale Lille, ENSCL, Univ. Artois, UMR 8181-UCCS-Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide, F-59000 Lille, France
Univ. Lille, CNRS, Centrale Lille, ISEN, Univ. Valenciennes, UMR 8520-IEMN, F-59000 Lille, France
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Materials 2019, 12(1), 43;
Received: 10 December 2018 / Revised: 19 December 2018 / Accepted: 20 December 2018 / Published: 24 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plasmonics and its Applications)
Noble metal nanostructures are exceptional light absorbing systems, in which electron–hole pairs can be formed and used as “hot” charge carriers for catalytic applications. The main goal of the emerging field of plasmon-induced catalysis is to design a novel way of finely tuning the activity and selectivity of heterogeneous catalysts. The designed strategies for the preparation of plasmonic nanomaterials for catalytic systems are highly crucial to achieve improvement in the performance of targeted catalytic reactions and processes. While there is a growing number of composite materials for photochemical processes-mediated by hot charge carriers, the reports on plasmon-enhanced electrochemical catalysis and their investigated reactions are still scarce. This review provides a brief overview of the current understanding of the charge flow within plasmon-enhanced electrochemically active nanostructures and their synthetic methods. It is intended to shed light on the recent progress achieved in the synthesis of multi-component nanostructures, in particular for the plasmon-mediated electrocatalysis of major fuel-forming and fuel cell reactions. View Full-Text
Keywords: plasmonics; catalysis; nanomaterials; electrochemistry; fuel; fuel cells plasmonics; catalysis; nanomaterials; electrochemistry; fuel; fuel cells
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Subramanian, P.; Meziane, D.; Wojcieszak, R.; Dumeignil, F.; Boukherroub, R.; Szunerits, S. Plasmon-Induced Electrocatalysis with Multi-Component Nanostructures. Materials 2019, 12, 43.

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