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 compared to other photo-catalysts and catalytic reactions. In this contribution we
have used quantum chemical ab-initio approaches to model plasmon-mediated photo-chemical reactions on metals.[3–4] A number of
different mechanisms for the hot electron-driven activation of adsorbates on plasmonic metal surfaces will be discussed and analyzed in
the context of experimental results. I will discuss how the electronic structure can drive optical properties and effect chemical
transformations of adsorbates.
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