387164 First Principles Modeling of Surface Plasmon Dynamics and Mechanism for Photo-Catalytic Rate Enhancement

Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 1:36 PM
307 (Hilton Atlanta)
Matthew Morabito1, Hongliang Xin2 and Suljo Linic1, (1)Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, (2)Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

We have recently reported that optically excited plasmonic nano-particles can activate photo-chemical transformations.[1,2] These reactions exhibit a number of unique characteristics fundamentally different than other photo-catalysts and catalytic reactions.  In this contribution we have used quantum chemical approaches to model the plasmon-driven photo-chemical reactions on metals.[3–6] I will discuss the time-dependent evolution of the electronic structure of optically excited plasmonic metals. Furthermore, I will show how this electronic structure interacts with adsorbates, ultimately driving chemical transformations of the adsorbates. A number of conflicting mechanisms will be discussed and analyzed in the context of previously reported experimental results. 


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