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Compact integration of TiO 2 nanoparticles into the cross-points of 3D vertically stacked ag nanowires for plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis

AuthorsLinh, V.T.N.; Xiao, X.; Jung, H.S.; Giannini, V. ; Maier, S.A.; Kim, D.H.; Lee, Y.I.; Park, S.G.
Keywords3D hybrid nanostructures
Localized surface plasmon resonance
Hot electrons
Environmental remedy
Plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis
Issue Date20-Mar-2019
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
CitationNanomaterials 9 (3): 468 (2019)
AbstractThe compact integration of semiconductor TiO nanoparticles (NPs) into the 3D crossed region of stacked plasmonic Ag nanowires (NWs) enhanced the photocatalytic activities through synergistic effects between the strong localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) excitation at the 3D cross-points of the Ag NWs and the efficient hot electron transfer at the interface between the Ag NWs and the TiO NPs. This paper explored new hybrid nanostructures based on the selective assembly of TiO NPs onto 3D cross-points of vertically stacked Ag NWs. The assembled TiO NPs directly contacted the 3D Ag NWs; therefore, charge separation occurred efficiently at the interface between the Ag NWs and the TiO NPs. The composite nanomaterials exhibited high extinction across the ultraviolet-visible range, rendering the nanomaterials high-performance photocatalysts across the full (ultraviolet-visible) and the visible spectral regions. Theoretical simulations clearly revealed that the local plasmonic field was highly enhanced at the 3D crossed regions of the vertically stacked Ag NWs. A Raman spectroscopic analysis of probe dye molecules under photodegradation conditions clearly revealed that the nanogap in the 3D crossed region was crucial for facilitating plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis and plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy.
Description13 pags. 8 figs., 2 tabs.-- Open Access funded by Creative Commons Atribution Licence 4.0
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nano9030468
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/208184
Identifiersdoi: 10.3390/nano9030468
issn: 2079-4991
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