Metallic Heterostructures for Plasmon-Enhanced Electrocatalysis

Chemphyschem. 2023 Aug 1;24(15):e202200881. doi: 10.1002/cphc.202200881. Epub 2023 Jun 2.


Metallic heterogeneous nanostructures with plasmonic functionality have attracted great attention in the field of plasmon-enhanced electrocatalysis, where surface plasmons produced under light excitation could facilitate the overall electrocatalytic performances. Owing to their controllability, multifunctionality, and complexity, heterogeneous metallic nanostructures take advantages of the properties from individual components and synergistic effects from adjacent components, thus may achieve remarkable electrocatalytic performances. This review highlights the state-of-the-art progress of the application of metallic heterostructures for plasmon-enhanced electrocatalysis. First, a brief introduction to plasmonic heterogeneous nanostructures is demonstrated. Then, fundamental principles of localized surface plasmon resonance and the underlying mechanisms of plasmonic heterogeneous nanostructures in catalysis are discussed. This is followed by a discussion of recent advances of plasmonic heterogeneous nanostructures in plasmon-enhanced electrocatalysis, in which the enhanced activity, selectivity, and stability are particularly emphasized. Finally, an outlook of remaining challenges and future opportunities for plasmonic heterogeneous nanomaterials and plasmon-related electrocatalysis is presented.

Keywords: electrocatalysis; fuel cells; heterogeneous nanostructures; solar energy harvesting; surface plasmons.

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  • Review