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Plasmonic photochemistry: targeted heating with metal nanoparticles

Date 20 February 2023 Time 11:00 - 12:00
Location AMOLF Lecture Room
Speaker Andrea Baldi (VU University Amsterdam)
Category Public Colloquium

Metal nanoparticles strongly absorb light thanks to light-driven oscillations of their free electrons called plasmon resonances. The decay of these resonances can be used to drive chemical reactions via photothermal heating of the surrounding environment. In this talk, I will cover fundamental aspects of plasmonics and show two examples from our group’s work on how the spatial and temporal control of plasmonic photothermal effects can drive nanomaterial synthesis [1] and heterogeneous catalysis [2].

[1] Kamarudheen et al., Plasmon-driven synthesis of individual metal@ semiconductor core@ shell nanoparticles, Nature Communications 11:3957 (2020)
[2] Baldi & Askes, Pulsed Photothermal Heterogeneous Catalysis, ChemRxiv