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Enhancing Singlet Oxygen Photocatalysis with Plasmonic Nanoparticles

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Photocatalysts able to trigger the production of singlet oxygen species are the topic of intense research efforts in organic synthesis. Yet, challenges still exist in improving their activity and optimizing their use. Herein, we exploited the benefits of plasmonic nanoparticles to boost the activity of such photocatalysts via an antenna effect in the visible range. We synthesized silica-coated silver nanoparticles (Ag@SiO2 NPs), with silica shells which thicknesses ranged from 7 to 45 nm. We showed that they served as plasmonically active supports for tris(bipyridine)ruthenium(II), [Ru(bpy)3]2+, and demonstrated an enhanced catalytic activity under white light-emitting diode (LED) irradiation for citronellol oxidation, a key step in the commercial production of rose oxide fragrance. A maximum enhancement of the plasmon-mediated reactivity of approximately 3-fold was observed with a 28 nm silica layer along with a 4-fold enhancement in the emission intensity of the photocatalyst. Using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and boundary element method simulations, we mapped the decay of the plasmonic signal around the Ag core and provided a rationale for the observed catalytic enhancement. This work provides a systematic analysis of the promising properties of plasmonic NPs used as catalysis-enhancing supports for common homogeneous photocatalysts and a framework for the successful design of such systems in the context of organic transformations.
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hal-03456568 , version 1 (30-11-2021)

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Alexandra Gellé, Gareth Price, Frédéric Voisard, Nicolas Brodusch, Raynald Gauvin, et al.. Enhancing Singlet Oxygen Photocatalysis with Plasmonic Nanoparticles. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2021, 13 (30), pp.35606-35616. ⟨10.1021/acsami.1c05892⟩. ⟨hal-03456568⟩
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