Recent development of plasmonic resonance-based photocatalysis and photovoltaics for solar utilization

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Original languageEnglish
Article number180
Journal / PublicationMolecules
Issue number2
Online published2 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016



Increasing utilization of solar energy is an effective strategy to tackle our energy and energy-related environmental issues. Both solar photocatalysis (PC) and solar photovoltaics (PV) have high potential to develop technologies of many practical applications. Substantial research efforts are devoted to enhancing visible light activation of the photoelectrocatalytic reactions by various modifications of nanostructured semiconductors. This review paper emphasizes the recent advancement in material modifications by means of the promising localized surface plasmonic resonance (LSPR) mechanisms. The principles of LSPR and its effects on the photonic efficiency of PV and PC are discussed here. Many research findings reveal the promise of Au and Ag plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs). Continual investigation for increasing the stability of the plasmonic NPs will be fruitful.

Research Area(s)

  • Electron oscillation, Hybrid nanostructures, Plasmonic photocatalysis, Plasmonic photovoltaics, Visible light absorption

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