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Recent Advances in the Design and Photocatalytic Enhanced Performance of Gold Plasmonic Nanostructures Decorated with Non-Titania Based Semiconductor Hetero-Nanoarchitectures

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Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragon (INMA), CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology (IQTMA), University of Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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Networking Research Center on Bioengineering Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN), 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
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Catalysts 2020, 10(12), 1459; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10121459
Received: 3 November 2020 / Revised: 9 December 2020 / Accepted: 9 December 2020 / Published: 14 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plasmonic Photocatalysts)
Plasmonic photocatalysts combining metallic nanoparticles and semiconductors have been aimed as versatile alternatives to drive light-assisted catalytic chemical reactions beyond the ultraviolet (UV) regions, and overcome one of the major drawbacks of the most exploited photocatalysts (TiO2 or ZnO). The strong size and morphology dependence of metallic nanostructures to tune their visible to near-infrared (vis-NIR) light harvesting capabilities has been combined with the design of a wide variety of architectures for the semiconductor supports to promote the selective activity of specific crystallographic facets. The search for efficient heterojunctions has been subjected to numerous studies, especially those involving gold nanostructures and titania semiconductors. In the present review, we paid special attention to the most recent advances in the design of gold-semiconductor hetero-nanostructures including emerging metal oxides such as cerium oxide or copper oxide (CeO2 or Cu2O) or metal chalcogenides such as copper sulfide or cadmium sulfides (CuS or CdS). These alternative hybrid materials were thoroughly built in past years to target research fields of strong impact, such as solar energy conversion, water splitting, environmental chemistry, or nanomedicine. Herein, we evaluate the influence of tuning the morphologies of the plasmonic gold nanostructures or the semiconductor interacting structures, and how these variations in geometry, either individual or combined, have a significant influence on the final photocatalytic performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: plasmonics; photocatalysis; heterostructures; semiconductors; NIR; core-shell; Janus-like; yolk-shell; nanorods; chalcogenides plasmonics; photocatalysis; heterostructures; semiconductors; NIR; core-shell; Janus-like; yolk-shell; nanorods; chalcogenides
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Garcia-Peiro, J.I.; Bonet-Aleta, J.; Bueno-Alejo, C.J.; Hueso, J.L. Recent Advances in the Design and Photocatalytic Enhanced Performance of Gold Plasmonic Nanostructures Decorated with Non-Titania Based Semiconductor Hetero-Nanoarchitectures. Catalysts 2020, 10, 1459. https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10121459

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Garcia-Peiro JI, Bonet-Aleta J, Bueno-Alejo CJ, Hueso JL. Recent Advances in the Design and Photocatalytic Enhanced Performance of Gold Plasmonic Nanostructures Decorated with Non-Titania Based Semiconductor Hetero-Nanoarchitectures. Catalysts. 2020; 10(12):1459. https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10121459

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Garcia-Peiro, Jose I.; Bonet-Aleta, Javier; Bueno-Alejo, Carlos J.; Hueso, Jose L. 2020. "Recent Advances in the Design and Photocatalytic Enhanced Performance of Gold Plasmonic Nanostructures Decorated with Non-Titania Based Semiconductor Hetero-Nanoarchitectures" Catalysts 10, no. 12: 1459. https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10121459

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