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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(3), 391; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9030391

Coupling Plasmonic and Cocatalyst Nanoparticles on N–TiO2 for Visible-Light-Driven Catalytic Organic Synthesis

College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University, Tianjin 300350, China
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Received: 29 January 2019 / Revised: 27 February 2019 / Accepted: 1 March 2019 / Published: 7 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Application of New Nanoparticle Structures as Catalysts)
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The use of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of plasmonic metal nanocomposites to promote photocarrier generation is a strongly emerging field for improving the catalytic performance under visible-light irradiation. In this study, a novel plasmonic photocatalyst, AuPt/N–TiO2, was prepared via a photo-deposition–calcination technique. The Au nanoparticles (NPs) were used herein to harvest visible-light energy via the SPR effect, and Pt NPs were employed as a cocatalyst for trapping the energetic electrons from the semiconductor, leading to a high solar-energy conversion efficiency. The Au2Pt2/N–TiO2 catalyst, herein with the irradiation wavelength in the range 460–800 nm, exhibited a reaction rate ~24 times greater than that of TiO2, and the apparent quantum yield at 500 nm reached 5.86%, indicative of the successful functionalization of N–TiO2 by the integration of Au plasmonic NPs and the Pt cocatalyst. Also, we investigated the effects of two parameters, light source intensity and wavelength, in photocatalytic reactions. It is indicated that the as-prepared AuPt/N–TiO2 photocatalyst can cause selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol under visible-light irradiation with a markedly enhanced selectivity and yield. View Full-Text
Keywords: plasmonic photocatalyst; metal nanoparticle; N–TiO2; nanocomposites; photocatalytic selective oxidation plasmonic photocatalyst; metal nanoparticle; N–TiO2; nanocomposites; photocatalytic selective oxidation
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Wang, Y.; Chen, Y.; Hou, Q.; Ju, M.; Li, W. Coupling Plasmonic and Cocatalyst Nanoparticles on N–TiO2 for Visible-Light-Driven Catalytic Organic Synthesis. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 391.

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