Plasmon Resonant Enhancement of Carbon Monoxide Catalysis

Department of Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089, USA.
Nano Letters (Impact Factor: 13.59). 03/2010; 10(4):1314-8. DOI: 10.1021/nl9041214
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Irradiating gold nanoparticles at their plasmon resonance frequency creates immense plasmonic charge and high temperatures, which can be used to drive catalytic reactions. By integrating strongly plasmonic nanoparticles with strongly catalytic metal oxides, significant enhancements in the catalytic activity can be achieved. Here, we study the plasmonically driven catalytic conversion of CO to CO(2) by irradiating Au nanoparticle/Fe(2)O(3) composites. The reaction rate of this composite greatly exceeds that of the Au nanoparticles or Fe(2)O(3) alone, indicating that this reaction is not driven solely by the thermal (plasmonic) heating of the gold nanoparticles but relies intimately on the interaction of these two materials. A comparison of the plasmonically driven catalytic reaction rate with that obtained under uniform heating shows an enhancement of at least 2 orders of magnitude.

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