Harnessing Plasmonic Nanocatalysis: A path to next-generation molecular transformations

Science / Chemistry

The catalytic properties of metallic nanomaterials are intrinsically tied to their shape, size, composition, and structure. As such, synthesizing nanoparticles with manipulable parameters allows for the optimization of these properties. Furthermore, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) excitation in silver (Ag) and gold (Au) nanomaterials can be harnessed to expedite and regulate chemical transformations. We hypothesize that by merging physicochemical control in catalytic nanoparticles with the optical properties derived from SPR excitation, we can create systems capable of surpassing the constraints of traditional photocatalysts in converting solar energy into chemical energy. Consequently, our objective is to develop plasmonic-catalytic nanomaterials that combine physicochemical control and visible-region optical properties. This endeavor aims to yield a novel class of nanocatalysts with the potential to facilitate more sustainable chemical transformations.

Amount invested

R$ 100,000.00

Open Calls

Chamada 1
  • Topics
  • Metallic nanomaterials
  • Nanocatalysts
  • Nanoparticles