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Title: Plasmon-enhanced photocatalytic properties of Cu 2O nanowire-Au nanoparticle assemblies
Authors: Pan, Y.
Deng, S. 
Polavarapu, L. 
Gao, N.
Yuan, P.
Sow, C.H. 
Xu, Q.-H. 
Issue Date: 21-Aug-2012
Citation: Pan, Y., Deng, S., Polavarapu, L., Gao, N., Yuan, P., Sow, C.H., Xu, Q.-H. (2012-08-21). Plasmon-enhanced photocatalytic properties of Cu 2O nanowire-Au nanoparticle assemblies. Langmuir 28 (33) : 12304-12310. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Cu 2O-Au nanocomposites (NCs) with tunable coverage of Au were prepared by a facile method of mixing gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) with copper(I) oxide nanowires (Cu 2O NWs) in various ratios. These Cu 2O-Au NCs display tunable optical properties, and their photocatalytic properties were dependent on the coverage density of Au NPs. The photocatalytic activity of Cu 2O-Au NCs was examined by photodegradation of methylene blue. The presence of Au NPs enhanced the photodegradation efficiency of Cu 2O NCs. The photocatalytic efficiency of Cu 2O-Au NCs initially increased with the increasing coverage density of Au NPs and then decreased as the surface of Cu 2O became densely covered by Au NPs. The enhanced photocatalytic efficiency was ascribed to enhanced light absorption (by the surface plasmon resonance) and the electron sink effect of the Au NPs. © 2012 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Langmuir
ISSN: 07437463
DOI: 10.1021/la301813v
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