Nanoporous Au-Ag shell with fast kinetics: Integrating chemical and plasmonic catalysis
Nanoporous noble metals and alloys are widely utilized as efficient catalysts, because they have high surface-to-volume ratios for sufficient active sites and induce molecule polarization through plasmon excitation as well. Herein, we demonstrate one approach to fabricate nanoporous Au-Ag shell. Such material represents the dual functions serving as efficient catalysts and high-performance surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrate. In situ spectrum acquisition can track the conversion of p-nitrothiophenol to 4, 4′-dimercapto-azobenzene at ambient temperature. In particular, as a result of chemical catalysis of Ag elements and strong plasmon-molecule coupling, catalytic kinetics of nanoporous Au-Ag shell is 79.2-123.8 times faster than Au nanoparticles (NPs), and 2.2-3.3 times faster than Ag NPs. This investigation offers a route to design superior catalysts to integrate chemical and plasmonic catalysis. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Okumu Barasa, G.,
Nanoporous Au-Ag shell with fast kinetics: Integrating chemical and plasmonic catalysis.