Plasmonic nanocatalysts for a sustainable future

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Plasmonic nanocatalysts are metal nanoparticles that enable direct solar-to-chemical energy conversion: Strong photoabsorption via plasmon excitation renders metal nanoparticles efficient solar energy harvesters, and subsequent plasmon decay results in high-energy hot electrons and holes that can trigger chemical reactions on molecules adsorbed on the nanoparticle. In this project, we work toward developing computational methods for identifying and optimizing atomic-scale features that maximize plasmonic-catalytic performance of nanostructures. We aim to produce comprehensive data to obtain fundamental atomic-scale understanding of plasmonic-catalytic processes and to derive atomic-scale material design principles for nanostructures for converting carbon dioxide to reusable compounds for renewable energy production.
Short titlePLASMOCAT/Rossi
Effective start/end date01/09/202031/08/2023


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