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Recent Progress in Constructing Plasmonic Metal/Semiconductor Hetero-Nanostructures for Improved Photocatalysis

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Hubei Key Laboratory of Optical Information and Pattern Recognition, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430205, China
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School of Material Science and Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430205, China
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School of Mathematics and Physics, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Wuhan 430074, China
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Catalysts 2018, 8(12), 634; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8120634
Received: 19 November 2018 / Revised: 5 December 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 7 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanostructured Materials for Photocatalysis)
Hetero-nanomaterials constructed by plasmonic metals and functional semiconductors show enormous potential in photocatalytic applications, such as in hydrogen production, CO2 reduction, and treatment of pollutants. Their photocatalytic performances can be better regulated through adjusting structure, composition, and components’ arrangement. Therefore, the reasonable design and synthesis of metal/semiconductor hetero-nanostructures is of vital significance. In this mini-review, we laconically summarize the recent progress in efficiently establishing metal/semiconductor nanomaterials for improved photocatalysis. The defined photocatalysts mainly include traditional binary hybrids, ternary multi-metals/semiconductor, and metal/multi-semiconductors heterojunctions. The underlying physical mechanism for the enhanced photocatalysis of the established photocatalysts is highlighted. In the end, a brief summary and possible future perspectives for further development in this field are demonstrated. View Full-Text
Keywords: photocatalysis; plasmon; metal/semiconductor; electron transfer; energy conversion photocatalysis; plasmon; metal/semiconductor; electron transfer; energy conversion
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Ma, L.; Chen, S.; Shao, Y.; Chen, Y.-L.; Liu, M.-X.; Li, H.-X.; Mao, Y.-L.; Ding, S.-J. Recent Progress in Constructing Plasmonic Metal/Semiconductor Hetero-Nanostructures for Improved Photocatalysis. Catalysts 2018, 8, 634.

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Ma L, Chen S, Shao Y, Chen Y-L, Liu M-X, Li H-X, Mao Y-L, Ding S-J. Recent Progress in Constructing Plasmonic Metal/Semiconductor Hetero-Nanostructures for Improved Photocatalysis. Catalysts. 2018; 8(12):634.

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Ma, Liang; Chen, Shuang; Shao, Yun; Chen, You-Long; Liu, Mo-Xi; Li, Hai-Xia; Mao, Yi-Ling; Ding, Si-Jing. 2018. "Recent Progress in Constructing Plasmonic Metal/Semiconductor Hetero-Nanostructures for Improved Photocatalysis" Catalysts 8, no. 12: 634.

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