We construct a kind of structure of silver oxide capped silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) by cost-efficient air plasma irradiation, and study its visible-light driven photocatalytic activity (PA). By controlling the oxidization time, the relationship between the intensity of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and the PA is well established. The PA reaches the maximum when the LSPR of AgNPs is nearly completely damped (according to absorption spectra); however, under this condition, the LSPR still works, confirmed with the high efficient selective transformation of p-Aminothiophenol (PATP) to p, p′-dimercaptoazobenzene (DMAB) under visible light. The mechanism of the LSPR damping induced PA improvement is discussed. We not only provide a cost-efficient approach to construct a LSPR strong damping structure but also promote the understanding of LSPR strong damping and its relationship with photocatalysis.
Photocatalytic activity of silver oxide capped Ag nanoparticles constructed by air plasma irradiation
Yingcui Fang, Qingmeng Wu, Huanhuan Li, Bing Zhang, Rong Yan, Junling Chen, Mengtao Sun; Photocatalytic activity of silver oxide capped Ag nanoparticles constructed by air plasma irradiation. Appl. Phys. Lett. 16 April 2018; 112 (16): 163101. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5024770
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