Controlling Reaction Selectivity over Hybrid Plasmonic Nanocatalysts

Jhon Quiroz, Eduardo C.M. Barbosa, Thaylan P. Araujo, Jhonatan L. Fiorio, Yichi Wang, Yichao Zou, Tong Mou, Tiago Alves, Daniela C Oliveira, Bin Wang, Sarah Haigh, Liane M. Rossi, Pedro H C Camargo

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The localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) excitation in plasmonic nanoparticles has been used to accelerate several catalytic transformations under visible-light irradiation. In order to fully harness the potential of plasmonic catalysis, multimetallic nanoparticles containing a plasmonic and a catalytic component, where LSPR-excited energetic charge carriers and the intrinsic catalytic active sites work synergistically, have raised increased attention. Despite several exciting studies observing rate enhancements, controlling reaction selectivity remains very challenging. Here, by employing multimetallic nanoparticles combining Au, Ag, and Pt in an Au@Ag@Pt core–shell and an Au@AgPt nanorattle architectures, we demonstrate that reaction selectivity of a sequential reaction can be controlled under visible light illumination. The control of the reaction selectivity in plasmonic catalysis was demonstrated for the hydrogenation of phenylacetylene as a model transformation. We have found that the localized interaction between the triple bond in phenylacetylene and the Pt nanoparticle surface enables selective hydrogenation of the triple bond (relative to the double bond in styrene) under visible light illumination. Atomistic calculations show that the enhanced selectivity toward the partial hydrogenation product is driven by distinct adsorption configurations and charge delocalization of the reactant and the reaction intermediate at the catalyst surface. We believe these results will contribute to the use of plasmonic catalysis to drive and control a wealth of selective molecular transformations under ecofriendly conditions and visible light illumination.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7289–7297
Number of pages8
JournalNano Letters
Early online date23 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2018

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