Plasmon-mediated solar energy conversion via photocatalysis in noble metal/semiconductor composites

Mengye Wang, Meidan Ye, James Iocozzia, Changjian Lin, Zhiqun Lin

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

238 Scopus citations


Plasmonics has remained a prominent and growing field over the past several decades. The coupling of various chemical and photo phenomenon has sparked considerable interest in plasmon-mediated photocatalysis. Given plasmonic photocatalysis has only been developed for a relatively short period, considerable progress has been made in improving the absorption across the full solar spectrum and the efficiency of photo-generated charge carrier separation. With recent advances in fundamental (i.e., mechanisms) and experimental studies (i.e., the influence of size, geometry, surrounding dielectric field, etc.) on plasmon-mediated photocatalysis, the rational design and synthesis of metal/semiconductor hybrid nanostructure photocatalysts has been realized. This review seeks to highlight the recent impressive developments in plasmon-mediated photocatalytic mechanisms (i.e., Schottky junction, direct electron transfer, enhanced local electric field, plasmon resonant energy transfer, and scattering and heating effects), summarize a set of factors (i.e., size, geometry, dielectric environment, loading amount and composition of plasmonic metal, and nanostructure and properties of semiconductors) that largely affect plasmonic photocatalysis, and finally conclude with a perspective on future directions within this rich field of research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1600024
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the support from the National Science Foundation (NSF ECCS-1305087) (Z.L.), National Natural Science Foundation of China (21321062) (C.L.) and (51072170), International Technology Collaboration Program (2014DFG52350) and the National Basic Research Program of China (2012CB932900) (C.L.)). M.W. acknowledges the financial support from the China Scholarship Council.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 The Authors.


Dive into the research topics of 'Plasmon-mediated solar energy conversion via photocatalysis in noble metal/semiconductor composites'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this