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Title: Visible light plasmonic heating of Au-ZnO for the catalytic reduction of CO 2

Plasmonic excitation of Au nanoparticles attached to the surface of ZnO catalysts using low power 532 nm laser illumination leads to significant heating of the catalyst and the conversion of CO 2 and H 2 reactants to CH 4 and CO products. Temperature-calibrated Raman spectra of ZnO phonons show that intensity-dependent plasmonic excitation can controllably heat Au–ZnO from 30 to ~600 °C and simultaneously tune the CH 4 : CO product ratio. The laser induced heating and resulting CH 4 : CO product distribution agrees well with predictions from thermodynamic models and temperature-programmed reaction experiments indicating that the reaction is a thermally driven process resulting from the plasmonic heating of the Au-ZnO. The apparent quantum yield for CO 2 conversion under continuous wave (cw) 532 nm laser illumination is 0.030%. The Au-ZnO catalysts are robust and remain active after repeated laser exposure and cycling. The light intensity required to initiate CO 2 reduction is low ( ~2.5 x 10 5 W m -2) and achievable with solar concentrators. Our results illustrate the viability of plasmonic heating approaches for CO 2 utilization and other practical thermal catalytic applications.
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  1. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States). URS Corp., South Park, PA (United States)
  2. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States); West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, WV (Unied States). Dept. of Physics
  3. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States). Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  4. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2040-3364; NANOHL
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Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 15; Journal ID: ISSN 2040-3364
Royal Society of Chemistry
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National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, and Morgantown, WV (United States). In-house Research
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USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
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United States
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; plasmonic catalysts, photocatalysis, CO2 reduction, Au nanocrystals
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