Yugang Sun, Argonne National Laboratory
Andrea Tao, University of California, San Diego
Congjun Wang, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Hua Zhang, Nanyang Technological University
Symposium Support Nanoscience|Royal Society of Chemistry
O2: Plasmon Enhanced Photocatalysis I
Monday PM, November 30, 2015
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Back Bay B
2:30 AM - *O2.01
Plasmons, Hot Electrons and Photocatalysis
Martin Moskovits 1 Will Elliott 1 Syed Mubeen 2
1Univ of California-S Barbara Santa Barbara United States2University of Iowa Iowa City United StatesShow Abstract
Surface plasmons live for a few femtoseconds. On dephasing, they produce a shower of energetic electrons and holes that equilibrate adiabatically over 10-100 femtoseconds to form a Fermi distribution with electron temperatures of several thousands of Kelvin. Most of the energy of this hot electron gas is then dissipated through electron-phonon interactions over a few picoseconds. By fabricating appropriately nanostructured devices allowing a reasonable fraction of these hot carriers to be harvested before they thermalize, the hot electrons can be transferred to appropriate catalyst systems and the device can be used to carry out light-enabled redox chemistry. To do this efficiently one needs to design and construct materials and systems with appropriate dielectric properties, structures and architectures, and interfaces of the appropriate relative band properties to irreversibly extract the carriers in the handful of picoseconds during which they are “hot”, and to design a new suite of catalytic materials that collaborate appropriately with the plasmonic system and the electrons (and holes) that are produced by them. Although the problem seems formidable, remarkable progress has recently been achieved by several groups internationally. Our focus has been on using plasmonic materials as absorbers and photocatalysts for artificial photosynthesis, some examples of which will be presented and discussed.
3:00 AM - O2.02
Plasmon-Enabled Photothermal Hydrogen Generation in Cold Reactor
Nico Hotz 1 Titilayo Shodiya 1
1Duke University Durham United StatesShow Abstract
High activation barriers of rate-limiting reaction steps require many conventional heterogeneous catalytic reactions to be operated at relatively high temperatures. This study suggests that the combination of nanoscale catalysts and plasmonic nanostructures can locally overcome the activation barrier under sunlight without requiring high temperatures in the bulk of the reactor material.
To date, the execution of electron-driven photocatalysis has been demonstrated on coinage (Ag, Au, and Cu) metal nanoparticles through the excitation of Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR), where LSPR excitation is used to transfer photon energy to nearby semiconductors, molecular photocatalysts, and metals.
This study demonstrates the first proof of hydrogen generation via alcohol steam reforming at a local temperature above 200°C, achieved by plasmonic heating under moderately concentrated solar irradiation, in an otherwise cold photocatalytic reactor. The plasmonic heating is localized in time and space, allowing the use of a high-temperature catalytic process without excessive heating of the immediate surroundings.
3:15 AM - O2.03
Engineering Localized Surface Plasmonic Interactions in Gold by a Silicon Nano-Antenna for Enhanced Heating and Photocatalysis
Daksh Agarwal 1 Carlos Aspetti 1 Matteo Cargnello 1 2 Christopher B. Murray 1 Ritesh Agarwal 1
1University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia United States2Stanford University Stanford United StatesShow Abstract
The field of plasmonics has attracted a lot of attention in recent years because of potential applications in various fields such as photovoltaics, energy production and conversion, catalysis and therapeutics. We report, for the first time, highly engineered ‘Omega;&’ (omega) shaped nanowire-dielectric-metal (Si-SiO2-Au) structures in which cavity effects of core antenna have been used to enhance the localized surface plasmons in metallic films. These plasmonic interactions can be easily controlled by tuning the antenna properties. The degree of enhancement has been measured by cavity heating and temperatures close to 1000K have been successfully measured for an antenna size resonant with excitation wavelength. Photoreforming reactions performed on these cavities showed ~50% enhancement in hydrogen production compared to control samples. Because of the ease of synthesis, nature of enhancement and high temperature stability of these structures, we expect them to have applications in the field of energy conversion and high temperature catalysis. This work also demonstrates successfully, temperature measuring capability of a plasmonic system and presents a technique to study high temperature properties of various materials.
3:30 AM - *O2.04
Visible-Light, Plasmonic, Heating for Catalytic CO2 Conversion Applications
Christopher Matranga 1
1NETL Pittsburgh United StatesShow Abstract
Managing carbon emissions is one of the most pressing issues currently faced by the energy sector. One interesting approach for dealing with these emissions is to catalytically convert CO2 into liquid fuels, olefins, aromatics, and industrial chemicals that can be sold to offset carbon management costs. This approach requires the development of novel catalysts capable of utilizing carbon-friendly forms of energy to activate CO2 and drive a chemical reaction. My talk will focus on a very simple Au-ZnO heterostructure where visible-light plasmonic excitation of the Au generates heat to drive chemical reactions on the ZnO substrate. In this system, CO2 and H2 can be converted to CH4, CO, and H2O through a chemical pathway that experiments and thermodynamic simulations show is entirely thermal. The instantaneous and localized nature of plasmonic heating offers many advantages and challenges for reactor design and heat management in catalytic processes. These aspects of plasmon-based reaction engineering will also be highlighted.
O3: Synthesis and Fabrication of Functional Plasmonic Nanostructures I
Monday PM, November 30, 2015
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Back Bay B
4:30 AM - *O3.01
Cooperative Functions in Engineered Light-Harvesting Systems: From Supramolecules to Metamaterials
Yuebing Zheng 1
1Univ of Texas-Austin Austin United StatesShow Abstract
In human body, nature has vividly demonstrated that biological molecular motors in precise assemblies function cooperatively to link the chemical-mechanical energy conversion from molecular-scale to macroscopic world for useful work. Inspired by nature, we design, measure and control cooperative functions in engineered systems in order to better harness light for improved applications. Herein, we report our advances in two types of cooperative light-harvesting systems based on light-driven supramolecules and plasmonic metamaterials. Advanced nanotools are applied to improve the fundamental understanding and control of the nanoscale light-matter interactions in these systems down to the single-molecule and single-nanoparticle levels. We leverage our improved understanding to develop the rational design of the systems where molecules and nanoparticles as building blocks assemble precisely and function cooperatively to control light concentration and enhancement or to convert light into other forms of energy for useful work. Once fully developed, cooperative functions in the engineered systems will pave the way towards enhanced light harvesting for energy and healthcare applications.
5:00 AM - O3.03
Size-Dependent Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Activity of Plasmonic Nanorattles
Keng-Ku Liu 1 2 Sirimuvva Tadepalli 1 2 Limei Tian 1 Srikanth Singamaneni 1 2
1Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis United States2Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis United StatesShow Abstract
Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) involves the dramatic enhancement of Raman scattering from molecules adsorbed on or in close proximity with nanostructured metal surface. SERS is considered to be a highly attractive platform for chemical and biological sensing and molecular bioimaging. Most of the SERS substrates and contrast agents rely on individual or lightly aggregated metal nanostructures that either offer limited enhancement or suffer from poor stability and reproducibility. In this work, we investigate the size-dependent SERS activity of plasmonic nanostructures comprised of Au nanospheres (AuNS) or Au nanorods (AuNR) as cores and porous Au nanocubes and cuboids as shells. The SERS activity of Au nanorattles with spherical core was found to increase with increase in the edge length of the porous shell. On the other hand, the SERS activity of Au nanorattles with AuNR core was found to decrease with increase in the size of the porous cuboid shell due to the decrease in plasmon coupling between AuNR and porous shell. Finite difference time domain electromagnetic simulations show excellent agreement with our experimental results.
5:15 AM - O3.04
Laser Shock Imprinting of Metal Foil with Functional Coating
Yaowu Hu 1 Gary Cheng 1
1Purdue Univ West Lafayette United StatesShow Abstract
Precision manufacturing of metal foils with functional materials is of tremendous research interest due to its potential for spectrum of nanotechnological applications. Laser shock pressure (~GPa range) has been exploited to deform metals with large area patterns comprising of nanoscale features. In this paper, we investigate on laser shock imprinting of metal foil with a functional coating, and mechanical and optical properties of the integrated structure. Gold coated aluminum foils are imprinted into electron beam fabricated silicon molds, resulting in designer micro/nano scale features. The imprinting process exploits formability of aluminum thin foil while gold surface coating provides plasmonic functionality. Gold trench patterns with width starting from several microns to ten nanometers and various depths have successfully been generated by a single laser pulse in nanoseconds. The 3D nanoshapes patterned over large area are reproducibly attained with high precision. Surface gold coating can be replaced by other functional materials and thus the process is material-wise versatile. Numerical simulations based on Finite Element Method (FEM) and Molecular dynamics (MD) are employed to analyze the process. Mechanical properties of imprinted structures are examined by monitoring load-displacement curve in nanoindentation and hints at enhanced interfacial strength between the bilayers. Capability of optical field enhancement of the patterned metal foil has been demonstrated by applying it as SERS substrates for low concentration molecular sensing.
O4: Poster Session: Plasmonic Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion
Monday PM, November 30, 2015
Hynes, Level 1, Hall B
9:00 AM - O4.01
Multifunctional Recyclable Ag:TiO2 Nanorods SERS Substrate Fabricated by Glancing Angle Deposition
Samir Kumar 1 Devesh Kumar Lodhi 1 J. P. Singh 1
1Indian Institute of Technology Delhi New Delhi IndiaShow Abstract
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) technique is a powerful non-destructive analytical technique for chemical and biological sensing.1,2 Noble metals like Au, Ag, and Cu noble metals have been widely studied for SERS and applied in chemicals detection.3,4 However, the applications of metal substrates are largely limited by their shortcomings such as high-cost, low stability, poor biocompatibility, and no reusability. Recently, photocatalytic self-cleaning SERS substrates have been developed by combining plasmonic metal with semiconductor such as TiO2 and ZnO which makes SERS substrate recyclable.5,6 We report a facile synthetic method of a novel Ag:TiO2 nanocomposite material which showed very high SERS enhancement factor (EF) of around 250 with reference to the silver thin film. Furthermore, the as-prepared Ag:TiO2 nanorods could be self-regenerated, fully recovered, and recycled after use in SERS analysis because of the self-cleaning property of its TiO2 core under simple UV light irradiation. Slanted TiO2 nanorods arrays were deposited on the glass substrate by means of glancing angle deposition (GLAD) and followed by the deposition of Ag on the top of them. Silver decorated TiO2 nanorods can be used as stable high-sensitive SERS substrate, along with its photocatalytic activity to photo degrade the absorbed species on the surface. Highly sensitivity SERS detection of Rhodamine 6G dye was achieved on Ag:TiO2 nanorods samples with a capability of recover quickly in UV light illumination.. SERS activity may be attributed to the local electric field enhancement on the silver metal surface and on the Ag:TiO2 interface.7 To monitor the photocatalytic degradation of surface absorbed dye molecules, Raman measurements were carried out at an interval of 30 minutes and found that after 150 minutes the samples were recovered significantly. The Ag:TiO2 nanorods substrate serve as an easily recyclable and highly efficient SERS substrate.
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9:00 AM - O4.02
Comparative Study of Multilayered Nanostructures for Enhanced Solar Optical Absorption
Pabitra Dahal 1 Jeffrey Chou 2 Yu Wang 2 Sang Gook Kim 2 Jaime Pinto Ribeiro Viegas 1
1Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates2MIT Cambridge United StatesShow Abstract
Multilayered nanostructures consisting of metal and dielectric layers have great potential for efficient photon to electron conversion leading to cost-efficient photoelectrochemical devices, , based on the plasmonics enhancement of the optical absorption coupled with hot-carrier injection.
A periodic metallic photonic crystal composed of high aspect ratio nanorods of layered gold, TiO2 and Al2O3 is proposed that has improved absorption in visible and near infrared region which is directly related to higher external quantum efficiency, leading to potential applications in photodetectors, photovoltaics and solar water splitting.
In this work, we study the influence of different nanostructure shapes and dimensions on the optical absorption in the vacuum wavelength range of 400 nm to 1500 nm, allowing us to tune the device performance and optimize our design accordingly.
The parameters studied by electromagnetic simulations based on Finite Difference Time Domain Method (FDTD) are the thicknesses of the Au and TiO2, aspect ratio, 2D lattice field factor, sidewall angle, and the geometry of the cell element shape, namely different paraboloids and elliptical rods. Higher absorption was calculated for structures based on elliptical nose cones. Furthermore, the total absorption in case of inverted elliptical nose cone is found to be higher than in the case of upright elliptical nose cone.
Deeper nanostructures are also found to be advantageous, but high aspect ratios are limited by achievable fabrication constraints.
The absorption in the visible and near infrared region was seen to decrease with an increase in TiO2 thickness with a corresponding shift of absorption towards the short wave infrared region. The width of the absorption peak increased as well. Nevertheless, the total absorption of the solar spectrum was increased by increasing the TiO2 layer thickness, due to the added contribution of the infrared radiation.
More than 70% of the total solar spectrum is seen to be absorbed by the structure considered for feasible aspect ratios.
A comparison of our results with other proposed structures based for metal/metal oxide absorption is reported along with relative merits based on fabrication readiness.
Key words: nanostructures, plasmonics, water splitting, FDTD, solar energy
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 J. B. Chou, Y. X. Yeng, Y. E. Lee, A. Lenert, V. Rinnerbauer, I. Celanovic, M. Solja#269;icacute;, N. X. Fang, E. N. Wang, and S.-G. Kim, “Enabling Ideal Selective Solar Absorption with 2D Metallic Dielectric Photonic Crystals,” Adv. Mater., vol. 26, no. 47, pp. 8041-8045, Dec. 2014.
9:00 AM - O4.03
Gold Nanorods Coated Metallic Photonic Crystal for Enhanced Hot Electron Transfer in Electrochemical Cells
Asmaa El-Faer 2 Yu Wang 1 Jeffrey Chou 1 Sang Gook Kim 1
1MIT Cambridge United States2Dammam University Dammam Saudi ArabiaShow Abstract
The performance of wide bandgap oxide-based (such as TiO2) photocatalytic cells has been limited by the poor absorption of solar energy. We developed metallic-semicoductor photonic crystals (MSPhC) where broadband solar absorption in the metal occurs. Once the photons are absorbed, excited hot electrons can potentially be used for photoelectrochemistry. Recently, we demonstrated a broadband sub-bandgap photoresponse at 590 nm due to surface plasmon absorption with our wafer-scale Au/TiO2 metallic-semiconductor photonic crystal. We also showed a photoresponse enhancement factor of 4.5 at 639 nm compared to a flat chip. However, our experimental demonstrations of hot electron current have been attributed to only surface plasmon polariton (SPP) modes at 590 nm.
In order to achieve photocurrent above 700nm spectrum, we coated gold nanorods on the surface of MSPhC to incur localized surface plasmon (LSP) modes absorption in this frequency range. The resonance in the gold nanorods under the action of the incident light is dependent on the rod radius and length. We chose gold nanorods, length 45 nm and radius 15 nm, expecting the LSP resonance frequency along the longitudinal axis to be around 700 nm.
The deposition of nanorods should be as uniform as possible and sparse reasonably not to block the cavities of MSPhC. We used electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method to deposit nanorods on the surface, sidewall, and bottom of the photonic cavities. Two electrodes were immersed in the nanorods suspension: a functioning MSPhC as a working electrode and Au coated glass slide with 5nm Ti as a counter electrode with 10 mm gap between the two electrodes. Phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and deionized (DI) water were used as solvents where nanorods were well dispersed with 5 mins of sonication. For the colloidal stability, zeta potential was maintained to be ~3 mV. By measuring the suspension absorbance, nanorods show two absorption peaks, longitudinal at 513 nm and transverse at 700nm wavelength, which match well with the LC circuit prediction. Under 10V applied electric field, positively charged gold nanorods at the concentration of 6.52E+13 (#/mL) deposit MSPhC surface with the density of 230 #/µm2, which was reasonably uniform and sparse. Preliminary tests show a reflectance dip near 700nm. Photocurrent measurement is under way to demonstrate the enhanced hot electron transfer over full visible light and near-infrared solar spectrum.
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The Effect of Varying Excitation Wavelength on the Exciton-Plasmon Interactions in Gold/Silica/Quantum Dot Nanostructures
Terianna Wax 1 Swayandipta Dey 1 Shutang Chen 1 Silvia Salamone 1 Jing Zhao 1
1University of Connecticut Storrs United StatesShow Abstract
Hybrid nanostructures consisting of metal nanoparticles (MNPs) and quantum dots (QDs), have been found to exhibit unique, new optical features as a result of the interaction between the MNPs and QDs. When QDs are in close proximity to a MNP, the enhanced electric field generated due to the excitation of localized surface plasmons of the MNP can vary the QD exciton cycles, affecting QD emission. The focus of this work is to understand how the exciton-plasmon interaction in these hybrid nanostructures is dependent on the excitation wavelength. The hybrid nanostructures consist of Au NPs coated with a SiO2 shell of a controlled thickness and CdSe/ZnS QDs adsorbed onto the SiO2 shells. To study the exciton-plasmon interactions, QD fluorescence lifetimes are monitored under various excitation wavelengths utilizing time-correlated single photon counting. We find the emission lifetimes of the hybrid nanostructures are highly dependent on the excitation wavelength relative to the localized surface plasmon resonance of the Au NPs. Our work illustrates that by tuning the excitation wavelength, there is either an enhancement or weakening in the exciton-plasmon coupling between Au NPs and QDs.
9:00 AM - O4.05
Programmable Photo-Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution Based on Multi-Segmented CdS-Au Nanorod Arrays
Xiaotian Wang 1 Wan Ru Leow 1 Xiaodong Chen 1
1Nanyang Technological Univ Singapore SingaporeShow Abstract
Plasmonic nanoparticles can enhance visible light absorption and reduce electron-hole recombination in semiconductors, but an overly large amount of plasmonic nanoparticles may lead to defects and therefore charge recombination. Plasmonic nanoparticles may also act as electron traps along electron transfer paths due to the Schottky barrier at the metal/semiconductor interface. We report the fabrication of a photoanode based on multi-segment CdS-Au nanorod array (NRA), in which the position and the number of Schottky barriers, as well as arrangement of energy level can be programmed. The charge transportation path and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect can be rationally designed and optimized by controlling the size and sequence of the different components along the nanorod length. Electrons are injected from the CdS segment to the adjacent Au segment to maintain Fermi level equilibrium as the CdS Fermi level is higher than that of Au. Upon irradiation, the increase in the carrier density in CdS realigns the relative energy levels between the CdS and Au, leading to a reduced Schottky barrier height. The photo-generated electrons can #64258;ow easily across the series of height-reduced Schottky barriers when positive bias is applied, and photocatalytic activity can be linearly increased by increasing the number of segments in the NRA. The photocurrent of a nine-segmented CdS-Au NRA was nearly 10.5 mA/cm2 at 0 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) in H+ reduction, rendering them promising photoanodes for hydrogen evolution in PEC cells. The photoanode was also highly stable; retaining 96.3% of its initial performance after 40 on-off chopped lighting cycles.
9:00 AM - O4.06
Engineering Photo-Electrochemical (PEC) Hydrogen Evolution Based on Programmable Nanobamboo Array Architecture
Xiaotian Wang 1 Xiaodong Chen 1 Shuzhou Li 1
1Nanyang Technological University Singapore SingaporeShow Abstract
Engineering interfacial photo-induced charge transfer for highly synergistic photocatalysis is successfully realized based on nanobamboo array architecture. Programmable assemblies of various components and heterogeneous interfaces, and, in turn, engineering of the energy band structure along the charge transport pathways, play a critical role in generating excellent synergistic effects of multiple components for promoting photocatalytic efficiency.
9:00 AM - O4.07
Plasmonic Hot Carrier Injection in Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors for Energy Conversion
Giulia Tagliabue 1 Prineha Narang 1 Ravishankar Sundararaman 1 Harry A. Atwater 1
1Caltech Pasadena United StatesShow Abstract
The decay of surface plasmon resonances is usually considered to be a detriment in the field of plasmonics, but the capture of excited carriers whose energy is normally lost to heat offers a new opportunity in optoelectronic and energy conversion devices. In particular, the large extinction cross-section at a surface plasmon resonance enables nanostructures to absorb a significant fraction of the solar spectrum in very thin metallic films and generate energetic carriers that can be collected by hot carrier injection across a metal-semiconductor interface, or can be exploited to drive photochemical processes. Despite the broad interest in solar-driven reactions, the majority of fundamental studies on plasmonic hot-carriers has so far focused on Si-based devices with plasmonic nanostructures resonant at near infrared wavelengths, whereas fewer works have explored analogous phenomena operating in the UV-visible range.
Recently we analyzed the quantum mechanical decay processes for surface plasmon polaritons, with and without phonons, and found that the prompt distribution of generated carriers is extremely sensitive to the energy band structure of the plasmonic material. In particular, the onset of interband transitions, occurring in the VIS regime (around 2 eV) for most common plasmonic metals (Au, Cu, Ag), is expected to significantly modify the hot-carriers distribution. Based on our theoretical work, we have designed an experimental system using GaN/noble-metal nanoscale heterostructures to investigate the photocurrent generated upon plasmon decay across the extended UV-visible regime. In particular, use of GaN as a semiconductor electrode enables hot carrier collection without interband absorption in GaN for carrier energies >1 eV. By using photolithography methods we fabricated planar Schottky diodes where the Schottky contact was patterned to concurrently serve as plasmonic resonator. Using either a Hg-Xe lamp or a supercontinuum laser source to excite plasmonic/GaN structures in the energy range from 3.3 eV to 0.8 eV, we will report photocurrent measurements as a function of photon energy for metal/semiconductor combinations with similar Schottky-barrier heights and with similar spectral position of the plasmonic absorption resonances. By direct comparison with ab-initio calculations, we can assess the contribution of direct and indirect interband transitions in the metal to hot carrier generation. By employing metals with distinctly different band structures, such as Au and Al, we identify guidelines for engineering the generation of plasmonic hot-carriers in the UV-VIS regime.
9:00 AM - O4.08
Dual Plasmonic-Enhanced Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cell Incorporating Gold Nanoparticles into Solution-Processed Anode Buffer Layer and Active Layer
Li Zhou 1
1City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong ChinaShow Abstract
A dual plasmonic resonance effect on the performance of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT):phenyl C61-butyricacid methyl ester (PC61BM) based polymer solar cells (PSCs) has been demonstrated by selectively incorporating 25 nm colloidal gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) in a solution-processed molybdenum oxide (MoO3) anode buffer layer and 5 nm colloidal Au NPs in the active P3HT :PCBM layer. The devices exhibit up to ~20% improvement in power conversion efficiency which is attributed to the dual effect of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of Au NPs with enhanced light absorption and exciton generation. Our report shows a guideline on the usage of dual LSPR effect for the solutionprocessed polymer solar cells to achieve high efficiencies.
9:00 AM - O4.09
Plasmonic Enhancement in Hybrid Organic/Si Heterojuction Solar Cells Based on Gold Nanostructures
Zhouhui Xia 1 Baoquan Sun 1
1Soochow University Suzhou ChinaShow Abstract
Hybrid organic-inorganic composites combining the advantage of organic and inorganic have emerged as promising candidates for cost-effective photovoltaics (PVs). Silicon-based hybrid solar cells with the power conversion efficiency exceeding 17% play a key role in this field. Si nanostructures (NSs) such as nanowire array can provide a low reflectivity over a broad range of solar spectrum, which promise them as efficient light harvesting substrates. However, the light-trapping nanostructures significantly enlarge the surface area of Si substrates and result in additional surface trap states, leading to a high surface recombination velocity. Alternatively, antireflection layers such as SiNx are typically deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition method, which can suppress light reflection. Unfortunately, this technique is incompatible with the organic layer on Si. Therefore, absorption enhancement is one of the primary challenges to achieve high efficient organic/Si solar cells. Most recently, the metallic NSs with novel plasmonic properties in terms of optical response have been widely employed in the PV field. Firstly, we proposed poly(3,4 ethylenedioxythiophene) /poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)/Au nanoparticles (NPs) composite films to effectively enhance the light harvesting properties for organic/Si PVs. Au NPs were prepared by simple and cost-effective solution-processed techniques. With tuning the size of the particle, the scatting and excitation intensity dramatically affect the light coupling in the conducting polymer layer. The finite different time domain (FDTD) simulation as also used for exploring the surface plsmonic effect theoretically.Secondly, the composite of Au NPs and grapheme oxide was utilized into the hybrid solar cell. The addition of grapheme oxide greatly improves the concentration of Au NPs without aggregation. Finally, the effect of gold nanorods (Au NRs) induced surface plasmons on the performance of devices was investigated by introducing hot carrier generation. When the hot electron with sufficient momentum was generated in the Au NRs indirect contact with silicon where an interface potential is formed, the excited electron in the nanostructures might have sufficient energy to pass the barrier, which will induce photocurrent of the device.
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Increasing the Enhancement Factor in Plasmon Enhanced Fluorescence with Shell-Isolated Nanoparticles
Sabrina Alessio Camacho 1 Pedro Henrique Benites Aoki 2 Pablo Albella 3 Carlos Jose Leopoldo Constantino 1 Ricardo Aroca 4
1Unesp - FCT Presidente Prudente Brazil2Satilde;o Carlos Institute of Physics Satilde;o Carlos Brazil3Imperial College London London United Kingdom4University of Windsor Windsor CanadaShow Abstract
Shell-isolated nanoparticles (SHINs) were firstly reported by Li et al for enhanced Raman signal, termed shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS). The key factor was the coating the Au nanoparticles with an ultrathin silica shell preventing the direct contact with the probed surface. By increasing the nanoparticle-target molecule distance with thicker silica shells one can observe a continuous transition from fluorescence quenching to fluorescence enhancement. Herein, we report controlled experiments using Au-SHINs for shell-isolated nanoparticle enhanced fluorescence (SHINEF)[3,4]. It is shown that Au-SHINs of about 100 nm in diameter produce higher enhancement factor than smaller Au-SHINs in solution and on a Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayer. The enhancement factor is further increased by aggregation of the large Au-SHINs in solution, and the findings are supported by numerical calculations .Therefore, two important factors: nanoparticle size and aggregation, can be used to further increase the observed enhancement factor in plasmon enhanced fluorescence.
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Broadband and Strong Optical Absorption in Extreme Confinement for the Higher Optical-Electrical Efficiency of Ultrathin Organic Solar Cells
Sungjun In 1 Namkyoo Park 1
1Seoul National Univ Seoul Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Nano-photonics provide powerful platforms for strong light trapping, extreme subwavelength confinement and extraordinary optical responses for various applications such as sensors [1-2], photodetectors [3-4] and light harvesting devices [5-6]. Especially for organic solar cells (OSCs) which use optically thin active layers (< 300 nm) - restricted from the very short carrier diffusion lengths (10~100nm), low carrier mobility and strong charge recombinations -, diverse strategies have been exploited to increase the optical absorption of OSCs. Various approaches including nano-plasmonic structures, surface texturing, resonance cavity and ray-optical light trapping systems have been studied so far, to achieve a more efficient photon collection leading toward the best achievable final optical-electrical performance of the OSCs [5-6].
Nevertheless, most of past studies on nano-photonics based OSCs have been carried out by employing relatively thick active layers (> 100 nm), from the difficulty in photonic mode confinement in extreme regime; thus failing to provide the full optical and electrical performance gains for the device. For the OSCs of ultrathin active layers (le; 70 nm), which could offer efficient collection of photo-generated charge carriers without strong recombination loss, the optical design achieving broadband and strong absorption in extreme confinement remains still as a challenge.
In this work, we demonstrate a broadband, strong optical absorption and efficient collection of photo-generated charge carrier, with the use of broadband and highly confined plasmonic mode capsulated in the ultra-thin (=70 nm) active layer cavity of ITO-free PCDTBT:PC70BM OSCs. Enhancement in optical absorption of ~ 48% (AM1.5G weighted) and improvement in power-conversion efficiency (PCE) of ~ 42% are achieved, when compared to a control reference structure. These improvements are explained in terms of the absorption spectrum broadening with the use of frustrated Fabry-Perot structure, broadband phase control, and short traveling distance of charge carriers in the active layer. The application of suggested structure, to ultra-thin (<100 nm) film solar cells based on other material systems will be discussed as well.
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Non-Resonant Broadband Ultra-Thin Reflector in Visible Range and Its Application to Organic Solar Cells
Hojin Bak 1 Sungjun In 1 Namkyoo Park 1
1Seoul National Univ. Seoul Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Metamaterials are artificially engineered structures designed to offer extraordinary electromagnetic properties that is not easily obtained with naturally occurring materials [1-2]. Capable of accessing to uncommon values of permittivity and permeability, metamaterials thus also provide a route toward designer artificial media, for the ideal control of reflection, absorption and transmission properties of electromagnetic waves. Various forms of wave control including perfect absorption , extraordinary transmission  and sub-diffractional light focusing  have been demonstrated so far.
In this study, we focus on the design of ultra-thin metamaterials achieving wideband and perfect reflection, especially for the application-rich visible regime of solar energy harvesting. Targeting a perfect back-reflector for very-thin active layer (50nm) organic solar cells, we demonstrate a ultrathin (~30nm) metamaterial film; also functioning as a hole transport layer (HTL) on top of the metallic anode substrate, which together derives a non-resonant broadband (400 nm < lambda; < 800 nm) reflection of 93.3% in average.
As a result of the photon re-use from wideband perfect reflection, very efficient optical absorption of ~66.0% (AM1.5G solar spectrum weighted power) is achieved, corresponding to ~39% enhancement when compared to a reference OSC (PTB7:PC70BM) without the reflector. Providing optical absorption values comparable to PTB7:PC70BM based organic solar cells of relatively thick active layers (100~300nm) [6-7], and also offering the chances of mitigating the recombination loss of organic materials  in combination with the use of very-thin active layer (50nm), our proposal will stimulate the application of perfect reflecting metamaterials toward highly efficient and ultra-thin devices for energy-harvesting, photo detecting, sensing and filtering systems.
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9:00 AM - O4.13
Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of Composite Semiconducting/Plasmonic Materials: Towards Withholding of Heavy Metal Ions from Aqueous Solutions
Nikolaos Pliatsikas 2 Konstantinos Symeonidis 3 George Vourlias 2 Manassis Mitrakas 3 Demosthenes Koutsogeorgis 1 Panos A. Patsalas 2 Kostas Sarakinos 4 Nikolaos Kalfagiannis 1
1Nottingham Trent Univ Nottingham United Kingdom2Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Greece3Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Greece4Linkoping University Linkoping SwedenShow Abstract
TiO2 is a well-known photocatalytic material. Its combination with plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) has been demonstrated in the literature in various ways. A vast majority of the publications have focused on reactions involving photocatalytic decomposition of organic compounds and water splitting. However, there is little evidence on the efficiency of such composite materials in the intermediate photo-oxidation step required to achieve the removal of heavy metals during water purification (e.g. As, Mn). In the present study we investigate the enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2 (Eg = 3.2 eV) and TiOxNy (N content set to provide samples with Eg either 2.8 eV or 2.4 eV) with optically active Ag and Au NPs towards oxidation of As and Mn aqueous species (10 mg/L). The photocatalytic templates were immersed on aqueous solutions of As(III) and Mn(II) oxy-anions. For the illumination of the samples we used a white LED lamp. XPS has been used to identify the retention of the metal ions and their oxidation state during photocatalysis. We demonstrate that the performance of the photocatalysts is a strong function of the Eg of the semiconductor and the properties of the NPs. This can be explained by the specific optical activity of the Ag or Au NPs on top of the different photoactive materials. We show that by tailoring the Eg and the size of the NPs it is possible to maximize the photochemical activity of a semiconductor and create more efficient devices for heavy metal purification of water.
9:00 AM - O4.14
Enhanced Efficiency of Tandem White Organic Light Emitting Diodes by Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance
Mei Meng 1 Dai Geon Yoon 1 Byung Doo Chin 1
1Dankook Univ Yongin Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
The approach using localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) from metallic nanoparticles is attractive as one of the promising method to enhance the internal quantum efficiency of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). LSPR, derived from the collective oscillation of free electrons, results in a strong light-scattering and amplified local electromagnetic field, hereby increases electromagnetic density of states which contribute to more efficient light emission of OLEDs. We have employed monodispersed silver nanoparticles prepared by polyol process, where nucleation and growth of the nanocrystals could be simply manipulated by the change of salts and reaction temperatures. While those randomly dispersed nanoparticles were simply spin-coated onto indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode, more ordered metal arrays were formed by the solvent annealing-induced phase separation of block copolymer self-assembly process. Silver nanoparticles layers were given a particular morphology, which is driven by self-assembly of polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) copolymer (S2VP) thin film. Controlling the annealing time and solvent type of the block copolymer self-assembly results in either dot array or line array with controllable dot/line contents. For example, using tetrahydrofuran during the solvent annealing, ordered dot array can be achieved, while line array can be formed by solvent annealing using chloroform. Nanoparticle layers with various array pattern were prepared by the substitution of pyridine part of S2VP thin film. Each of nanoparticle layers has different silver contents. We have investigated LSPR-induced enhancement of light emission for white OLED composed of blue-orange tandem phosphorescent devices. Structure of white OLEDs is Glass/ITO/coupling agent for adhesion/metal plasnonic layer/PEDOT:PSS(60nm)/DNTPD(50nm) /TAPC(20nm)/mCP:Firpic-10wt%(30nm)/Bphen(30nm)/LiF(1nm)/Ag(1nm)/HATCN(50nm)/ DNTPD(50nm) /TAPC(20nm)/CBP:Ir(piq)2acac(30nm)/Bphen(30nm) /LiF(1nm)/Al(100nm) [abbreviations for OLED materials were not fully described]. Time-resolved photoluminescence and electroluminescence studies were performed to prove the enhancement of light by LSPR. Litht emission efficiency shows notable improvement with the contents of plasmonic nanoparticles, about 35 % in terms of maximum current efficiency for dot/line mixed patterns of silver nanoparticles. We believe that LSPR-aided efficiency enhancement of white OLED light can be useful to take a further step to achieve higher efficiency of full color/large area active matrix OLEDs using white OLED/color filter or white OLED/quantum dot color converting materials.
9:00 AM - O4.15
Heterogeneous Ag-Based Metal Chalcogenides Nanorods: Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties
Shutang Chen 1 Sravan Thota 1 Gabriella Reggiano 1 Jing Zhao 1
1University of Connecticut Storrs United StatesShow Abstract
We report a general protocol for synthesizing Ag based hybrid metal chalcogenide nanorods in organic solution by using Ag nanoparticles as seeds. From the experimental observations, the precursor molar ratio of sulfur to transition metal plays an important role in controlling the growth of metal sulfide and the sulfurization of the Ag seeds. Transmission electron microscopy and control experiments have revealed that in the growth process, metal sulfide firstly grows on one side of the Ag seeds. The other side of Ag seed is sulfurized and Ag2S shell is formed when there are excess sulfur precursors. The length of metal sulfide can be controlled by adjusting the stoichiometric ratio between the precursors and Ag seeds. This novel technique exhibits wide applicability for metal chalcogenide nanorods synthesis in organic phase, including CdS, ZnS, MnS, and CdSe. Moreover, these hybrid metal-semiconductor nanorods exhibit significant improvement in the photocatalytic activity.
9:00 AM - O4.16
Morphological Transformation of Bimetallic Au-Cu Rods into Spheres via Solution Based Galvanic Replacement Reaction.
Sravan Thota 1 Shutang Chen 1 Jing Zhao 1
1University of Connecticut Storrs United StatesShow Abstract
This work represents a study of galvanic replacement reaction between Au-Cu bimetallic nanorods and HAucl4 in organic media. In this approach, Au-Cu rods act as sacrificial templates to form hollow structures, followed by dumbbell shaped particles, and finally they break into spheres. The concentration of HAucl4 is found to play a major role in formation of different structures. The intermediates obtained are further investigated for their unique composition and shape dependent plasmonic and catalytic properties. Moreover, the intermediates naturally possess many “hot spots” making them promising substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering.
9:00 AM - O4.17
Bimetallic Au@Ag Nanocrystals for Plasmon Enhancement of P3HT:PCBM Organic Photovoltaics
William R Erwin 1 Rizia Bardhan 1
1Vanderbilt University Nashville United StatesShow Abstract
Bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaics (OPVs) have emerged as a promising solar energy harvesting technology due to efficiencies so far measured up to 11.5%. P3HT:PCBM is thus far the most widely studied and commonly used donor/acceptor compound. Despite the promise of bulk heterojunctions in providing facilitating efficient charge separation and transport to the respective electrodes, thin film geometries are required for continuous interfaces between the donor/acceptor materials. This thin film requirement limits the achievable optical density of the active layer ultimately compromising the performance of the devices due to poor absorption of solar light. In this work we show that light harvesting in P3HT:PCBM OPVs can be significantly enhanced by incorporating Au/Ag core/shell bimetallic plasmonic nanostructures into the PEDOT:PSS buffer layer of the solar cell. This enables coupling of the forward scattered light from the plasmonic nanostructures with the active layer effectively increasing the optical path length in the solar cell. We investigate the behavior of the plasmon enhanced OPVs with optical and electrical characterizations, as well as time resolved photoluminescence to demonstrate the impact of metal nanostructures in the charge transport properties. We performed finite difference time domain calculations to understand their fundamental optical properties. Our experiments and simulations suggest the enhanced near-field, far-field, and multipolar resonances of bimetallic nanostructures facilitating broadband absorption of solar radiation collectively give rise to their superior performance in OPVs.
9:00 AM - O4.18
Specular and Diffuse Angular Characterisation of Plasmonic Nanoparticle Templates
Jacob Leonard Spear 1 David Fairhurst 1 Nikolaos Kalfagiannis 1 Christopher Castleton 1 Carl Brown 1 Demosthenes Koutsogeorgis 1
1Nottingham Trent University Nottingham United KingdomShow Abstract
Plasmonic nanoparticles have become an increasingly common research area as well as becoming a key component in many important applications, such as solar energy harvesting, chemical sensing via surface enhanced Raman scattering, cancer treatment and optical encoding of information to name but a few. The main reason behind their adaptability to these and other prominent applications is their unique optical properties that allow for the manipulation of light below the diffraction limit. This effect, known as Local Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR), a resonance phenomenon occurring when the frequency of the incident photons match the frequency of the surface electrons oscillating against the restoring force of the positive nuclei. The optical identity of the LSPR is extremely sensitive to the particle&’s size, shape, distribution and the dielectric functions of the metal and surrounding medium. The ability of this plasmon resonance to scatter light (Mie scattering), finds great utility in optical and imaging fields. The scattering process can be orientated towards specific angles (primarily specular) but depending on the nanostructuring can be diffuse as well. The separate identification and quantification of specular and diffuse scattering is of great importance in order to design nanoparticle configurations that favour a specific enhanced scattering regime. A prime example of this is to consider the variation to the performance of a photovoltaic device by considering the incident angle onto the device, akin to the angular variation of the sun striking a solar cell throughout a day. To date, there is very limited literature relating to this full optical characterisation and the angular properties of nanoparticle arrays. Here we present a novel investigation into the diffuse and specular reflection of light from laser fabricated plasmonic nanoparticles on various substrates, including flexible and transparent polymers. These nanoparticles presented a single LSPR at normal incidence but also a strong variation to colouration over a wide range of angles when viewed with bare eyes. For the full characterisation of these samples we custom built a goniometric system capable of illuminating the samples at various angles and identifying both the specular and diffuse reflection separately. A range of specular angles, in addition to a series of diffuse angles from each specular position were investigated for all the above samples.
9:00 AM - O4.19
Orientation Dependence of Photoelectrochemical Behaviors on Au/BiFeO3 Heterostructures
Yen-Lin Huang 1 Yung-Jung Hsu 1 Wei Sea Chang 2 Ying-Hao Chu 1
1National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu Taiwan2Monash University Malaysia Selangor MalaysiaShow Abstract
Harvesting energy from sun light has always been a splendid goal for human beings. To convert solar energy into chemical energy, semiconductor with suitable electronic band structure and band gap engineering play an indispensable role in water splitting and photocatalysis. Many transition metal oxides combined with noble metal have been reported as excellent candidates for water splitting and photocatalysis in the past decade. In this report, we present a novel approach, epitaxial thin film process, to understand the mechanism of water splitting and photocatalysis using multiferroics, BiFeO3 and noble metal, Au, heterostructures. Through advanced thin film process, we have successfully controlled the crystalline orientations of BiFeO3 thin film and Au nano particle. Under this circumstances, the efficiency in three different orientations: (100), (110), and (111) of BiFeO3 can be studied independently and exclude lots of factors which can not be controlled in other processes, such as, grain size, crystalline size, and orientation. Moreover, localized surface plasmon resonance induced by gold nanoparticles creates the additional absorption band which located at 600 nm. This additional absorption can be tuned by the polarization direction of BiFeO3 and effectively reduces the band gap of Au/BeFiO3 heterostructure to around 2 eV, which should harness the most solar spectrum. The present fabrication process will provide copious information and profound understanding of photocatalysis and water splitting based on crystalline facets and surface plasmon effect. On a broader perspective, our work emphasizes the effects of hybrid noble metal and oxide systems and paves the way toward an environmentally friendly technology.
9:00 AM - O4.20
Triangular Gold Nanoframe Design for Maximum Field Enhancement
Negin Zaraee 1 Mohammad Shahjamali 1 George C. Schatz 1
1Northwestern University Evanston United StatesShow Abstract
Nanoframes are novel and interesting class of hollow nanostructures both for fundamental studies and applications. Due to the strong plasmonic fields resulting from the coupling between two surface plasmon modes with the external and internal fields, the overall electromagnetic fields in hollow nanostructures were found to be higher with more hot spots than in solid ones with same dimensions.
In the present article, triangular gold nanoframes (TGNFs) are synthesized with a facile high-yield synthesis method and the plasmon field of these TGNFs with different size and ridge thickness have been determined by theoretical computation using the Finite-Difference Time-Domain method. To better understand how these nanoframes can be incorporated for different applications, the detailed relationship between the optical response and structural properties of single TGNF is studied with electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and correlated to the theoretical computation. Gold nanoframes are much stable than silver due to chemical inertness of gold, therefore, TGNFs are more sensitive both for localized surface plasmon resonance sensing and Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) applications. The results from TGNFs presented here could be used to engineer and design other type of nanoframe-based structures for specific plasmonic applications.
9:00 AM - O4.21
Polarization-Dependent Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Activity of Anisotropic Au Nanorattles
Keng-Ku Liu 1 2 Sirimuvva Tadepalli 1 2 Limei Tian 1 Srikanth Singamaneni 1 2
1Washington University in St. Louis St Louis United States2Washington University in St. Louis St Louis United StatesShow Abstract
Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is emerging as a powerful analytical and trace detection technique for chemical and biological sensing. SERS activity of anisotropic and coupled metal nanostructures is highly dependent on the relative orientation of the nanostructures with respect to the polarization of excitation source. In this work, we systematically investigate the polarization-dependent SERS activity of two different anisotropic plasmonic nanostructures, namely, Au@Ag nanocuboids and cuboid Au nanorattles. Au@Ag nanocuboids are comprised of Au nanorod (AuNR) core and a thin Ag shell. Cuboid Au nanorattles are comprised of AuNR core and porous and hollow cuboid Au shell. Although perceivably different, both nanostructures exhibited strong polarization-dependent SERS activity. The SERS activity of Au@Ag nanocuboids was found to be dominated by the cuboidal shape of the shell, exhibiting maximum SERS intensity when the source polarization is along the sharp corners. On the other hand, in the case of cuboid Au nanorattles, the internal electromagnetic hotspot formed between AuNR (core) and porous Au shell resulted in the maximum SERS activity when the polarization of the source is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the nanostructures. Finite-difference time-domain electromagnetic simulations were employed to underpin the experimental findings. Comprehensive understanding of the SERS activity of anisotropic nanostructures with built-in electromagnetic hotspots will enable the rational design of nanostructures for ultrasensitive chemical and biological sensors.
9:00 AM - O4.22
Colorimetric Plasmonic Sensor Using Periodic Nano-Pattern
Hyung Won Cho 1 Chuljong Yoo 1 Jong-Lam Lee 1
1Postech Pohong Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Demands for quick diagnosis for point of care is on increase. Colorimetric sensor provides a way to sense and analyze various chemicals and biomaterial targets based on local refractive index changes. However, the conventional diagnosis systems which requires additional signal analysis instruments are not suitable to the source-limited countries. Therefore, the appropriate and reasonable point-of-care system should have include the signal read-out with bare eyes. For colorimetric sensors, metal nanoparticles were used, which reacted with glucose oxidase to exhibit change of colors by localized surface plasmon. However, both size and shape of enzymatically synthesized nanoparticles varies in the nucleation and growth process of nanoparticles, leading to lower the efficiency of detection and transform indistinctive colors.
Here we designed a structure of Si/Au with hole patterns for effective color transition with finite elemental method of optical simulation. When the normally incident light reaches the bottom Si layer, the reflected light forms interference with incoming light. If the constructively interfered light is located at top gold layer, the light is effectively absorbed due to localized surface plasmon effect of Au holes. Thus the color depends on the height of the hole patterned Si depth which determines the interference length. Also as the top Au layer get thicker, the effective color transition is observed. The periodic nano pattern is easily demonstrated by laser interference lithography (LIL) and deep reactive-ion etching (DRIE) processes. On Si substrate, HMDS and nLOF photoresist are sequentially spin-coated. 2nd exposure of 325nm laser on 90#730; rotated si substrate after 1st exposure makes it able to develop hole patterns with period of 250nm to 1um depending on the incident angle of the laser. The holes on photoresist is transferred to Si later by Bosh process, the commercially known DRIE method. Top Au layer is deposited by electron-beam. Additional Au on the structure causes color transition from the original color which provides a way to sense the signal produced by incoming antigen. Finally, the color transition is demonstrated by using addition of reduced Au from the reduction of hydrogen peroxide produced by glucose-glucose oxidase enzymatic reaction.
O1: Plasmonic Hybrid Materials for Catalysis, Photovoltaics and Light Emission I
Monday AM, November 30, 2015
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Back Bay B
9:30 AM - *O1.01
Plasmon Resonant Enhancement of Photocatalytic Processes
Steve Cronin 1
1University of Southern California Los Angeles United StatesShow Abstract
Over the past few years, we have demonstrated plasmon resonant enhancement of several photocatalytic processes (e.g., water splitting1, methyl orange decomposition2, CO oxidation3, and chemical vapor deposition4) by integrating plasmon resonant nanoparticles with strongly photocatalytic semiconductors. When the incident photon energy matches the plasmon resonance of the Au nanoparticles, we observe a significant enhancement in the photocatalytic activity due to the intense local electromagnetic fields created by the surface plasmons of the Au nanoparticles. Here, the Au nanoparticles improve the photocatalytic performance by coupling light very effectively from the far field to the near field, right at the surface of the photocatalyst. We model the plasmon excitation at the Au nanoparticle-photocatalytic semiconductor interface using finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations, which provide a rigorous analysis of the electric fields and charge at the interface. We have also demonstrated plasmonic enhancement of dye sensitized solar cells, which also benefit from the focusing of light to the near field regime at a very thin layer of adsorbed dye molecule.5 While most of our earlier work utilized TiO2 as the photocatalytic semiconductor, we have recently demonstrated plasmon-enhanced water splitting on TiO2-passivated GaP photocatalysts, which makes more efficient use of the solar spectrum than bare TiO2.6 Furthermore, the TiO2 passivation layer makes the actively absorbing GaP photochemically stable and robust to corrosion.
1. Liu, Hou, Pavaskar, Aykol and Cronin, Plasmon Resonant Enhancement of Photocatalytic Water Splitting Under Visible Illumination. Nano Lett., 11, 1111 (2011).
2. Hou, Liu, Pavaskar, Hung and Cronin, Plasmonic Enhancement of Photocatalytic Decomposition of Methyl Orange under Visible Light. J. Catal., 277, 149 (2011).
3. Hung, Aykol, Valley, Hou and Cronin, Plasmon Resonant Enhancement of Carbon Monoxide Catalysis. Nano Letters, 10, 1314 (2010).
4. Hung, Hsu, Bushmaker, Kumar, Theiss and Cronin, Laser Directed Growth of Carbon-Based Nanostructures by Plasmon Resonant Chemical Vapor Deposition. Nano Letters, 8, 3278 (2008).
5. Hou, Pavaskar, Liu, Theiss, Aykol and Cronin, Plasmon resonant enhancement of dye sensitized solar cells. Energy & Environmental Science, 4, 4650 (2011).
6. Qiu, Zeng, Pavaskar, Li and Cronin, Plasmon-Enhanced Water Splitting on TiO2-Passivated GaP Photocatalysts. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 16, 3115 (2014).
10:00 AM - O1.02
Plasmonic Enhancement of Mesoporous Solar Cells with Bimetallic Nanostructures
Rizia Bardhan 1 Holly Zarick 1 Naiya Soetan 1
1Vanderbilt Univ Nashville United StatesShow Abstract
Next generation mesoporous solar cells (MSCs) including dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and perovskite-sensitized solar cells (PSSCs) have rapidly emerged with efficiencies reported up to 13% for DSSCs and 19% for PSSCs. Current efforts to improve the performance of MSCs are focused on altering the photoanode morphology, and manipulating the sensitizer composition. In contrast to these approaches that often lead to incremental improvement tailored to each MSC system, plasmonic enhancement provides a universal route applicable to the whole family of MSCs that can significantly boost the optical absorption and carrier generation. Through small additions of metal nanoparticles to MSCs (< 2%), the amount of sensitizer required to achieve high efficiency can be drastically reduced enabling thin film architectures. Here we demonstrate enhanced light harvesting in both DSSCs and PSSCs by embedding silica-coated gold/silver bimetallic nanostructures (Au@Ag@SiO2-NSs) in the photoanodes. In DSSCs Au@Ag@SiO2-NSs led to 7.8% efficiency relative to 5.8% for reference (no nanostructures) devices, resulting in 34% improvement in performance; while in MAPbBr3 PSSCs Au@Ag@SiO2-NSs resulted in 5.6 % efficiency relative to 3.5 % for reference devices giving rise to 60% enhancement. Photocurrent and IPCE spectra revealed that device performance in MSCs is controlled by particle density of Au@Ag@SiO2-NSs and monotonically decreases at high concentrations. Transient absorption pump-probe spectroscopy provides a mechanistic understanding of how the presence of nanostructures contributes to the superior performance of MSCs by examining charge transport in the solar cells. This work shows that bimetallic plasmonic nanostructures can be employed as a universal platform for enhanced light-trapping in a range of solar devices.
10:15 AM - O1.03
Enlightening the Plasmonic Solar Water Splitting: Plasmonic Gold Nanoparticles Act as Oxygen Evolution Catalyst
CheonWoo Moon 1 Soo Young Kim 2 Chul-Ho Lee 3 Ho Won Jang 1
1Research Institute of Advanced Materials, Seoul National University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)2Chung-Ang University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)3KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology, Korea University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Light interactions with material is a very interesting topic and its application in engineering is active. With light interaction of material at some noble metals invokes collective oscillation of electrons widely recognized as surface plasmons. Especially gold nanoparticles have been attracting much attention because their tunable resonance frequency, extended absorption spectra to visible light and excellent stability in various environments. With semiconductor, these nanoparticles could inhere exceptional properties such as plasmon band driven hot-electron injection (or direct electron transfer, DET), local electromagnetic field enhancement (LEMF) and plasmon induced resonant electron transfer (PIRET) like fo#776;rster resonance energy transfer.
Recently, solar water splitting being utilized by photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) has greatly recognized its importance because of the effective production of hydrogen for renewable energy. Through the past years, the technology has been amazingly meliorated, and theoretical basis have been enormously proceeded. Nevertheless, the theoretical performance has not been achieved. Gold nanoparticles are recognized as one of the keys to unknot this theoretical gap due to its exceptional properties that previously stated. For instance, Zewei Liu et al. reported 66-fold increase of Au-TiO2 film photocurrent with respect to TiO2 film at 633nm in Nano Letters (2011, 11, 1111-1116). Notwithstanding some major progress of understanding plasmonic solar water splitting, the interpretation of enhancement mechanism is still under ambiguity.
We provide coverage control of randomly-shaped and octahedron gold nanoparticles and that method can be expanded to various morphologically tailored nanoparticle shapes. Also, we found that octahedral gold nanoparticle attached TiO2 thin film showed excellent current enhancement with respect of TiO2 thin film not only in visible (VIS) wavelength, but also in ultra-violet (UV) wavelength region. At the moment of our understanding of the photocurrent enhancement mechanism is hot-electron injection mechanism works well in the visible wavelength region and LEMF mechanism works well with entire UV-VIS wavelength region. Due to LEMF mechanism, gold nanoparticle can act as a plasmonic oxygen catalyst. This photocurrent enhancement induced by LEMF mechanism is applicable to various research fields such as PECs, photovoltaics and photocatalysts.
10:30 AM - O1.04
Carriers Density Distributions Dependence on Oxide/Metal Interface Stoichiometry
Miguel Angel Mendez Polanco 1 Alexie M. Kolpak 1
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge United StatesShow Abstract
Band alignments in a conventional device geometry (electrolyte/metal/TiO2/electrolyte) are an important element to determine charge transfer, initially from the metal to the oxide, then across the oxide/electrolyte interface where they can participate in the OER. More specifically, the efficiency of a multilayer device strongly depends on photon capture efficiency and the Internal Quantum Efficiency (IQE, number of electrons injected into the semiconductor conduction band per absorbed photon). IQE is deeply influenced by the electrostatic barriers formed at the metal-semiconductor interface (M/SC), and that controls electron and hole transfer, i.e. by the Schottky barrier heights (SBH).
Using DFT we develop a detailed atomic understanding of well-known TiO2 surfaces with different orientations and stoichiometries, and their corresponding interfaces formed with several noble metals commonly used in optical devices, and that show generation of hot carriers by plasmon decay. We calculate band alignments, Schottky barrier heights, and electronic structure properties of these ideal interfaces. With this information in hand,estimate photo-generated charge carrier energy density distributions by plasmon decay, and compare them among the different heterostructures. We discuss the properties of the estimated generated carriers in terms of the stoichiometry of the interface, the nature of its energy distribution (production of high energy electron vs high energy hole), and its origin within band structure features. We provide guidelines for choosing combinations of metal/oxide/stoichiometry to optimize the energy density distribution of photo-generated charge carriers for catalytic processes.
10:45 AM - O1.05
Plasmonically Enhanced Spectral Upconversion for Printed Ultrathin Silicon Solar Microcells
Sung-Min Lee 1 Weigu Li 1 Purnim Dhar 1 Sergey Malyk 1 Yu Wang 1 Alexander Benderskii 1 Wonmok Lee 2 Jongseung Yoon 1
1Univ of Southern California Los Angeles United States2Sejong University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
We present an integrated solar module that can improve the absorption of above-bandgap longer wavelength photons for ultrathin silicon solar cells by exploiting plasmonically enhanced spectral upconversion. Ultrathin (~8 um) nanostructured silicon solar cells are embedded in a thin polymeric waveguide medium containing NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ nanocrystals as upconverion luminophores, coated on a nanostructured plasmonic substrate implemented with cylindrical nanoholes and truncated-cone-shaped nanoposts. Both excitation and emission processes of upconversion luminophores are effectively enhanced under a standard one-sun illumination by combined effects of surface plasmon resonance to amplify the light intensity at the excitation wavelength as well as to facilitate the far-field out-coupling at the emission wavelengths, respectively. The performance of the integrated upconversion solar module improved by ~13 % compared to devices on a nanostructured plasmonic substrate without upconversion luminophores due to the collective contributions from plasmonically enhanced spectral upconversion, as well as additional photon flux from wave-guiding and fluorescence of upconversion luminophores.
11:30 AM - *O1.06
Surface and Interface Design for Surface Plasmon-Mediated Catalysis
Yujie Xiong 1
1Univ of Samp;T-China Hefei Anhui ChinaShow Abstract
Enabled by surface plasmon, noble metal nanostructures can interact with and harvest incident light. As such, they may serve as unique media to generate heat, supply energetic electrons and provide strong local electromagnetic field for chemical reactions through different mechanisms. In this talk, I will demonstrate two different approaches to couple solar energy into chemical reactions. In the first approach, we have designed a series of metal nanostructures that can directly harvest broad-spectrum solar light and convert it into heat for organic reactions. The role of plasmonic hot electrons in the reactions has been also assessed. The findings provide insights into controlling the nanostructures for efficient direct solar-to-chemical energy conversion via surface design. In the second system, we have integrated the plasmonic nanostructures with semiconductor photocatalysts, which extends the working spectrum for photocatalytic reactions. Well designing the interfaces between metal and semiconductor nanostructures, we have been able to synergize the metal-semiconductor Schottky junction with the plasmonic effect (including hot carrier injection and electromagnetic field enhancement), leading to enhanced photocatalytic performance in full solar spectrum. It is anticipated that this series of works open a new window to rationally designing plasmonic nanostructures for catalytic applications.
1. S. Bai, X. Li, Q. Kong, R. Long, C. Wang, J. Jiang, Y. Xiong, Adv. Mater.2015, 27, 3444.
2. R. Long, Z. Rao, K. Mao, Y. Li, C. Zhang, Q. Liu, C. Wang, Z. Y. Li, X. Wu, Y. Xiong, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2015, 54, 2425.
3. S. Bai, J. Jiang, Q. Zhang, Y. Xiong, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2015, 44, 2893.
12:00 PM - O1.07
Direct Formation of Hot Electron Injecting Nanostructures for Photovoltaics
Hannah Noa Barad 2 1 Adam Aaron Ginsburg 2 1 Kevin Rietwyk 2 1 David Avraham Keller 2 1 Assaf Anderson 2 1 Arie Zaban 2 1
1Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan Israel2Bar Ilan University Ramat-Gan IsraelShow Abstract
TiO2, a photoactive semiconductor (Eg= 3.2 eV), cannot generate enough current to sustain power in a photovoltaic device due to its limited spectral activity, which is restricted to the UV. Typically it is used in conjunction with light absorbing materials that extend the spectral response of the photovoltaic device. Recently, it was shown that plasmonic nanoparticles can inject hot electrons into TiO2 and extend the photovoltaic device spectral response. However, in order to obtain these nanoparticles in a homogeneous and highly organized way, their formation requires either patterning or special preparation techniques. Furthermore, to complete the solar cell structure usually a hole transport material is used.
Using a combinatorial investigation we show that hot electron generation can occur in Ag nanostructures formed on TiO2 using sputtering. We prepared a solid state plasmonic solar cell, based on TiO2 and Ag, without complicated nanoparticle deposition techniques and with no hole transport material. To obtain these solar cells, silver was deposited with different thicknesses by sputtering as a back contact for the solar cells. The silver nanostructures are formed by the rough nature of the TiO2, which was prepared by spray pyrolysis. The Ag has a dual role both as the back contact current conductor and as the metal forming a Schottky barrier with the TiO2. The Ag generates hot electrons upon illumination that are injected into the TiO2, enhancing the photovoltaic activity of the solar cells into the visible region of the solar spectrum.
We provide evidence for the plasmonic photovoltaic activity by carrying out IPCE measurements that show a current onset at around 700 nm, while XPS results reveal a wide spread plasmonic peak for the Ag. I-V measurements show photovoltaic activity dependent on the Ag back contact thickness. The best cell performances give short circuit currents up to 1.18 mA cm-2 and open circuit voltages up to 400 mV. To our knowledge the obtained currents are much higher than any previous report for TiO2/Ag solar cells.
12:15 PM - O1.08
High Temperature Stability and Optical Measurements of Plasmonic Nanoparticles for Energy Conversion
Drew DeJarnette 1 Todd Otanicar 1 Ebrima Tunkara 1 Kenneth Roberts 1 Aaron Saunders 2 Mit Muni 1
1University of Tulsa Tulsa United States2nanoComposix San Diego United StatesShow Abstract
Use of nanoparticles to convert photons into thermal energy necessitates the heating of the suspending fluid embedding the particles. High temperature media can influence the energy and bandwidth of the nanoparticle plasmon resonance thus altering the absorption capabilities of the nanoparticles as they absorb more photons. Additionally, heated nanoparticles can reshape due to unstable surface energies or they can fall out of suspension due to surfactant boiling or instability at high temperature. Here, we directly measured the optical properties of Au nanorods and indium tin oxide (ITO) nanocrystals at a range of temperatures up to 300 degrees Celsius in the heat transfer fluids Duratherm S and Dynalene MT. Measurements were done using a combination of UV-Vis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to obtain optical absorbance from 300 to 4000 nm. Changes to optical properties are reported from ambient to heated conditions. Effects of thermal cycling were also analysed by taking nanoparticles to 300 degrees Celsius and back to ambient multiple times and comparing the optical properties for lifetime testing. Applications for direct heating of nanoparticles include solar conversion, catalysis, steam generation, photothermal storage, and biological systems including photothermal imaging and therapy.
12:30 PM - O1.09
Surface Plasmon Enhanced Characteristic of Polymer Solar Cells Using Nanostructured Metal Electrode
Seok Ho Cho 1 Kyung Cheol Choi 1
1KAIST Daejeon Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Organic solar cell devices (OSCs) are a viable next-generation energy source due to their appealing properties, such as their low cost, light weight, and good mechanical flexibility. However, OSC devices have a very thin active layer because the most polymeric materials have low carrier mobility and a short exciton diffusion length. This thin active layer can lead to poor absorption of solar light, resulting in low power conversion efficiency (PCE). It is thus necessary to find a way to improve the PCE of OSCs without increasing the thickness of the active layer. Currently, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) has received considerable attention as an alternative method that offers interesting optical properties for the thin active layer of OSCs and OLEDs [1-3]. The SPR-induced localized enhanced electromagnetic field increases the optical absorption in the active layer without increasing its thickness.
In this work, we propose two simple methods to improve the efficiency of OSCs by applying SPR. The first method involves the application of Au nano rods (NRs) to OSCs to increase the fill factor (FF) and the PCE of OSCs using the near-infrared (NIR) wavelength, which is typically wasted in current OSC devices. In order to fabricate a plasmonic OSC device, we blended Au NRs into the anodic buffer layer. The SPR effect of metal nanoparticles has shape- and size-dependent properties, and cylindrical particles are more apt to have higher amounts of forward scattered light as opposed to spherical particles. Thus, Au NRs have advantages over the differently shaped nanoparticles. The value of Voc for the plasmonic OSC device was nearly unchanged, but the FF value was increased by inserting the Au nano rods into the anodic buffer layer. The coupling between photo-induced excitons and the plasmons of the Au NRs increased the number of hot electrons for efficient exciton dissociation, causing the FF of the plasmonic OSC device to increase.
We also suggested another method to improve the efficiency of OSC devices using the SPR effect by creating a nanobump structured metal electrode without an additional complex fabrication process or an expensive fabrication process. In order to fabricate the nanobump structured metal electrode, we inserted silica nanoparticles into an OSC device. The nanobump structure of the metal electrode acts as subwavelength antenna and generates SPR. Hence, a SPR-induced strongly localized electromagnetic field enhancement occurs in close proximity to the nanobump structure, causing the optical absorption in the active layer to increase and the efficiency of the OSC device to improve.
 H.A. Atwater and A. Polman, Nat. Mater. 9 (2010) 205-213
 C.S. Choi, D.Y. Kim, S.M. Lee, M.S. Lim, K.C. Choi, H. CHo, T.W. Koh and S. Yoo, Adv. Opt. Mater. 1 (2013) 687-691
 S.M. Lee, Y. Cho, D.Y. Kim, J.S. Chae and K.C. Choi, Adv. Opt. Mater. DOI: 10.1002/adom.201500103
12:45 PM - O1.10
Plasmonic Metal Nanoparticles: Effective Light Antennas for Improved Photoelectrochemical Performance
Salim Caliskan 1 Hyun Soo Han 2 Jung-Kun Lee 1
1University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh United States2Seoul National University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is one of the most promising way to convert solar energy directly into fuel. PEC water splitting is achieved by light absorbing semiconductors driving the oxygen evolution (OER) and hydrogen evolution (HER) reactions. Metal oxide semiconductors such as TiO2 (Eg:3.2 eV), Fe2O3 (Eg:1.9 eV) , WO3 (Eg:2.8 eV), BiVO4 (Eg:2.4 eV) are considered as prominent semiconductor photoanodes for PEC water splitting due to their low cost and high stability in aqueous environments. BiVO4 with monoclinic scheellite structure appears to be a prominent metal oxide material showing strong potential on water splitting and organic pollutants decomposition under visible light irradiation. Nevertheless, most of metal oxide semiconductors show limited overall reaction efficiency due to their narrow light absorption spectrum and inefficient catalytic performance.
An effective method to improve this limited efficiency is functionalizing these semiconductors with plasmonic metal nanoparticles. Metal nanostructures have attracted increasing interest, since they exhibit localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) that can dramatically increase the light absorption and the near-field intensity. Recently, employment of plasmonic Au and Ag nanoparticles of different shapes and dimensions, such as nanoshells of a dielectric core and a metallic shell (SiO2@Au, SiO2@Ag), appears to be a prominent way of utilizing LSPR. The plasmonic Au or Ag nanoshell particles allows for matching the wavelength of LSPR with the light absorption spectrum of the metal oxide.
In this study, PECF devices have been fabricated by functionalizing metal oxide semiconductors with plasmonic metal nanoparticles and a correlation between LSPR of the nanoshell and photocurrent of PEC devices is explored. The microstructure and crystal structure of plasmonic particle-decorated metal oxide semiconductor (BiVO4) film were investigated. The effect of the surface plasmons on light absorption and scattering were investigated. In addition, photogenerated current of the plasmonic PEC devices was systematically characterized. Plasmonic SiO2@Ag core@shell and SiO2@Ag@SiO2 core@shell@shell nanoparticles that were successfully deposited on metal oxide semiconductors thin films, improved optical absorption and increased photocurrent density. Also, a negative shift of onset potential for photoelectrochemical water oxidation was observed upon modification of metal oxide semiconductor electrode surface with plasmonic nanoparticles. We will also present the results of the theoretical simulation supporting our experimental observations.
Yugang Sun, Argonne National Laboratory
Andrea Tao, University of California, San Diego
Congjun Wang, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Hua Zhang, Nanyang Technological University
Symposium Support Nanoscience|Royal Society of Chemistry
O6: Plasmon Enhanced Photocatalysis II
Tuesday PM, December 01, 2015
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Back Bay B
2:30 AM - *O6.01
Plasmonic Nanocomposites for Energy Conversion
Yadong Yin 1
1Univ of California-Riverside Riverside United StatesShow Abstract
In this presentation, we will discuss our recent progresses in the development of novel plasmonic nanocomposite materials for energy conversion. Our focus will be firstly on the synthesis of highly active and chemically stable plasmonic nanostructures by using a number of methods, including for example protecting reactive metals such as silver with gold, and forming alloys. Then we will discuss how to incorporate the plasmonic nanostructures into semiconducting materials such as titania for energy conversion. In particular, we will discuss a sandwich-structured photocatalyst that shows an excellent performance in degradation reactions of a number of organic compounds under UV, visible light, and direct sunlight. We will also show the photocatalytic reaction can be used to initiate direct growth of plasmonic nanostructures on titania nanostructures and produce nanocomposites that can find use as electron transport layers in the fabrication of organic solar cells. Due to the improved charge separation and transfer by the presence of plasmonic nanoparticles, we have observed notable enhancement in power conversion efficiency and external quantum efficiency.
3:00 AM - O6.02
Simulation Study of Metallic Photonic Crystal for Enhanced Hot Electron Transfer in Electrochemical Cells
Yu Wang 1 Jeffrey Chou 1 Asmaa El-Faer 2 Sang Gook Kim 1
1MIT Cambridge United States2Dammam University Dammam Saudi ArabiaShow Abstract
The absorption and conversion of photons below the bandgap of a semiconductor can lead to significant performance improvements in photoelectrochemistry (PEC), solar driven water-splitting, and thermal energy conversion. However no material exists today that is both stable in electrolyte solutions and absorbing over the entire visible and adjacent (near-UV and near-infrared) ranges of solar spectrum.
Photogenerated hot carriers can solve this issue by absorbing low energy photons in the thin metal and by injecting those hot electrons over the Schottky barrier at metal/semiconductor interfaces. Here we present our finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation result of a metallic-semiconductor photonic crystal (MSPhC) which shows broad absorption range up to ~1.5 mu;m, covering a large portion of the solar spectrum. The absorption of different materials in the composite structure can be decomposed by calculating divergence of the Poynting vectors, which refers to the spatial power absorption. The result show Au as the dominant absorbing material in MSPhC with at least three orders of magnitude higher absorption compared to other MSPhC materials. Au absorption under different thicknesses from 0 - 50 nm are studied and compared with experiments. The absorption dramatically decreases with increasing Au thickness with a peak value at the thickness ~5nm. This is an interesting finding since Au is considered as the absorbing layer. Thin Au layer allows for light to penetrate into the MSPhC structure and couple into waveguide, cavity, and surface plasmon polariton (SPP) modes. Thin metal layers will also help to minimize the electron-electron scattering before hot electrons inject into the catalyst layer. Simulations shows that the waveguide mode inside the walls of the MSPhC cavity structure is the dominant mode, while the SPP modes which propagates along the air/Au/TiO2 interface has a larger full-width at half-max (FWHM) value indicating a higher loss mode compared to the waveguide mode. The high loss is due to the peak E-field of SPP modes located in the metal.
 Wang, Y, “Study on the Photoelectric Hot Electrons Generation and Transport with Metallic Semiconductor Photonic Crystals”, 2015 (Master Thesis)
 Chou, J.B., et al., “Broadband Photoelectric Hot Carrier Collection with Wafer-Scale Metallic-Semiconductor Photonic Crystals”, 42th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, New Orleans, 2015
3:15 AM - O6.03
Nanoantioxidant-Driven Plasmon Enhanced Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer
Georgios Sotiriou 1 Christoph Oliver Blattmann 1 Sotiris E. Pratsinis 1 Yiannis Deligiannakis 1
1ETH Zurich Zurich SwitzerlandShow Abstract
Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions involve the transfer of a proton and an electron and play an important role in a number of chemical and biological processes . Here, we describe a novel phenomenon, plasmon-enhanced PCET, which is manifested using SiO2-coated Ag nanoparticles  functionalized with gallic acid (GA) , a natural antioxidant molecule that can perform PCET. These GA-functionalized nanoparticles show enhanced plasmonic response at near-IR wavelengths, due to particle coupling  through agglomeration caused by the GA molecules. Near-IR 785 nm laser irradiation induces strong local hot-spots on the SiO2-coated Ag nanoparticles and plasmon energy transfer occurs to the grafted GA molecules, as evidenced by surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). This energy transfer lowers the GA-OH bond dissociation enthalpy by at least 2 kcal/mole. The occurrence of nanoparticle-driven plasmon-enhancement of PCET brings together the -so far unrelated- research domains of nanoplasmonics, electron/proton translocation with significant impact on a variety of applications including interfacial electron/proton transfer.
 J. M. Mayer. Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem.55, 363-390 (2004).
 G. A. Sotiriou, T. Sannomiya, A. Teleki, F. Krumeich, J. Vörös & S. E. Pratsinis. Adv. Funct. Mater.20, 4250-4257 (2010).
 Y. Deligiannakis, G. A. Sotiriou & S. E. Pratsinis. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces4, 6609-6617 (2012).
 G. A. Sotiriou, F. Starsich, A. Dasargyri, M. C. Wurnig, F. Krumeich, A. Boss, J.-C. Leroux & S. E. Pratsinis. Adv. Funct. Mater.24, 2818-2827 (2014).
3:30 AM - *O6.04
Direct Photocatalysis of Supported Metal Nanostructures for Organic Synthesis
Huaiyong Zhu 1
1Queensland University of Technology Brisbane AustraliaShow Abstract
Photocatalysts of metal nanoparticles on catalytically inert support has attracted great interest in recent years although it has been known for long time that metal nanoparticles exhibit intensive light absorption. Nanoparticles s of plasmonic metals (gold, silver and copper) can intensely absorb visible light due to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect yield “hot electrons”. Besides, the electrons in nanoparticles of all metals can absorb a photon of wide wavelength range become “hot electron” since metals have continuous electronic energy levels. The hot electrons can induce chemical reactions of reactions of the molecules on the particles under moderate conditions. Thus, with these catalysts we can drive the syntheses of fine chemicals with focused sunlight at ambient temperature. Since the absorption due to LSPR is very intensive, a smart approach was also developed: incorporated palladium, the metal widely used for various organic reactions under heating, with gold nanoparticle base. Photocatalysis of metal nanoparticle has been successfully applied to over 30 chemical transformations driven by visible light, including reductive coupling of nitro aromatic compound to corresponding azo compounds, selective reduction nitro aromatic compounds to functionalized anilines, seven cross coupling reactions, selective oxidation of aliphatic alcohols, oxidative addition of benzylamine, dehydrogenation of aromatic alcohols to corresponding aldehydes and ketones etc. These photocatalysis processes achieved high reaction rate and product selectivity. If the photocatalysis process is successfully applied to even a moderate fraction (e.g. 10%) of the fine chemical production processes, it will bring profound change in chemical engineering science.
Xi Chen, Huaiyong Zhu, Jin-Cai Zhao, Zhan-Feng Zheng, Xue-Ping Gao, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 47, 5353, 2008.
Huaiyong Zhu, Xuebin Ke, Xuzhuang Yang, Sarina Sarina, Hongwei Liu, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 49, 9657, 2010.
Sarina, Sarina; Zhu, Huaiyong; Jaatinen, Esa; Xiao, Qi; Liu, Hongwei; Jia, Jianfeng; Chen, Chao; Zhao, Jian, J. Am. Chem. Soc.135, 5793, 2013.
Sarina Sarina, Huai-Yong Zhu, Qi Xiao, Esa Jaatinen, Jianfeng Jia, Yiming Huang, Zhanfeng Zheng, Haishun Wu, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, 2979, 2014.
Xiao, Qi; Liu, Zhe; Bo, Arixin; Zavahir, Sifani; Sarina, Sarina; Bottle, Steven; Riches, James; Zhu, Huaiyong, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 1956, 2015.
O7: Plasmonic Hybrid Materials for Catalysis, Photovoltaics and Light Emission II
Tuesday PM, December 01, 2015
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Back Bay B
4:30 AM - O7.01
Plasmonic Effect on Exciton/Multiexciton Emission of Quantum Dots
Jing Zhao 1 Swayandipta Dey 1 Terianna Wax 1 Yadong Zhou 2 Shengli Zou 2
1University of Connecticut Storrs United States2University of Central Florida Orlando United StatesShow Abstract
This work focuses on the plasmonic effect on the exciton/multiexciton emission properties of colloidal quantum dots (QDs). When CdSe/CdS core/shell QDs were placed near Au@SiO2 core@shell nanoparticles, their exciton/multiexciton emission lifetimes and quantum yields were modified due to the exciton-plasmon interaction. At the single QD level, we found that the ratio between the biexciton and exciton quantum yields of the QDs near Au nanoparticles was increased, leading to a small photon antibunching “dip”. Electrodynamics modeling revealed that biexciton quantum yield of single QDs was increased while the exciton quantum yield decreased due to the plasmonic structures. Moreover, we found the change in the exciton/multiexciton emission lifetimes of the QD/Au nanoparticle system depended on the excitation wavelength. The studies suggest that plasmonic structures can be used to modify the exciton/multiexciton emission efficiency of QDs.
5:00 AM - O7.02
Plasmon-Enhanced Efficiency in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells via Shape-Controlled Au Nanostructures
Holly F. Zarick 1 Olivia Hurd 2 Joseph A. Webb 1 Chanse Hungerford 3 William R Erwin 1 Rizia Bardhan 1
1Vanderbilt University Nashville United States2Vanderbilt University Nashville United States3Vanderbilt University Nashville United StatesShow Abstract
Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) present a promising alternative to traditional silicon photovoltaics (SiPVs) due to their low-cost and straightforward manufacturing processes and the use of less toxic and inexpensive constituent materials. However the comparatively low power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) achieved so far, ~12% for DSSCs vs. ~25% for SiPVs, have prevented them from becoming commercially competitive. Recent efforts to improve the PCE of DSSCs have largely focused on strategies such as altering the TiO2 architecture, incorporating new cobalt-based or solid-state electrolytes, and synthesizing new panchromatic sensitizers. In contrast to these approaches that often lead to incremental improvement tailored to each DSSC system, plasmonic enhancement provides a universal route applicable to the whole family of DSSC materials that can significantly boost the optical absorption and carrier generation. In this work, we demonstrate wet-chemically synthesized gold nanostructures can be straightforwardly incorporated into the mesoporous TiO2 layer without altering the material or electronic properties of the sensitizers. Gold nanocubes of ~45 nm edge length were coated with a thin (~5 nm), uniform layer of silica (Au@SiO2 NCs) and were embedded homogeneously throughout the photoanode of a DSSC over a range of nanoparticle loadings. We have shown a maximum PCE of 7.8% achieved for plasmon-enhanced devices relative to 5.8% of TiO2-only reference devices, resulting in 34% improvement in performance. We observed a systematic dependence of device performance on the particle density of Au@SiO2 NCs, where efficiencies decreased at very high concentrations. Finite difference time domain calculations indicate that nanocubes primarily absorb incident light and generate intense electromagnetic near fields at the edges and corners due to the quasi-static lightning-rod effect. These intense near fields couple with nearby sensitizer molecules resulting in increased light harvesting and carrier generation and improved device performance.
5:15 AM - O7.03
Large Scale Fabrication of Plasmonic Nanocomposites by Vapor Phase Deposition
Mehdi Keshavarz Hedayati 1 Thomas Strunskus 2 Oleksandr Polonskyi 2 Mady Elbahri 1 3 Franz Faupel 2
1Kiel University Kiel Germany2Kiel University Kiel Germany3Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Geesthacht GermanyShow Abstract
Plasmonic nanocomposites consisting of metal nanoparticles embedded in a dielectric organic or inorganic matrix have a host of applications ranging from simple color filters to complex metamaterials. The present talk is concerned with vapor phase deposition of nanocomposites and the resulting plasmonic properties. Deposition techniques include evaporation and magnetron co-sputtering of the matrix and metallic components and the combination of a high-rate gas phase aggregation cluster source with plasma polymerization or magnetron sputtering. In contrast to the production of plasmonic nanostructures by e-beam lithography, the nanocomposites form by self-organization which allows large-scale deposition, although the application of the high-rate cluster source for upscaling remains challenging. It will be shown how the plasmonic properties can be tailored via the incorporation of metallic clusters with well-defined composition, filling factor, and filling factor profile into various matrices. Examples involve transparent conducting metal coatings, perfect plasmonic absorbers and photoswitchable nanocomposites.
Acknowledgements - Financial support by DFG within the Collaborative Research Centers TR24 and SFB 677 is acknowledged.
5:30 AM - O7.04
Barrier Layer Investigation for the Laser Fabrication of Flexible Plasmonic Films
Jacob Leonard Spear 1 J. Arvanitidis 2 D. Christofilos 3 Nikolaos Kalfagiannis 1 Spyridon Kassavetis 2 I. Varsano 4 P. Patsalas 2 Demosthenes Koutsogeorgis 1
1Nottingham Trent University Nottingham United Kingdom2Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Greece3Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Greece4Union Optic S.A.- Ophthalmic Lens Industry Thessaloniki GreeceShow Abstract
Flexible devices are in much greater demand than ever before. A driving force for this increased interest is the desirability for wearable devices and especially for those that can provide rapid and accurate information on demand. A key milestone to achieving this is the ability to fabricate the desired components on a flexible substrate. Here we present a platform for the fabrication of plasmonic nanoparticles (NP) on a polymer substrates (PET, polycarbonate) via laser annealing, in an ultra-fast approach that is compatible with the temperature sensitive substrate. Although the simplest methodology for the probing the self-assembly of nanoparticles from thin metal films is thermal annealing, the high temperatures necessary makes this process non-transferable to a polymer substrates. Due to the low mass and associated low thermal characteristics (capacity and conductance) of the polymer substrate, the produced nanoparticles have a much diminished LSPR response compared to those produced on a solid substrate such as a silicon wafer. In order to compensate for this, we tested various oxide barrier interlayers (Y2O3, TiO2, CeO2, SiO2, Ta2O5, ITO, AZO and ZnO), grown by sputtering or electron-beam evaporation, between the polymer substrate and the metal film (Ag, Au). For a given application, this barrier layer need not only act as a buffer, it could be used as a functional thin film as well, consider the example of a layer of ITO or AZO in a flexible photovoltaic device; such flexible plasmonic devices offer great potential for various applications such as flexible photovoltaics with enhanced efficiency, biomedical sensors via Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS), and coloured ophthalmic lenses. The different oxide interlayers are exhibiting various thermal conductivities, surface morphology and chemistry resulting in various contact angles of the melted metals upon them. Consequently, we investigate thoroughly the interplay between these intrinsic characteristics of the oxide surfaces with the laser annealing process parameters (such as laser wavelength, fluence, ambient and number of pulses) that dictates the final morphology and the plasmonic performance of the produced nanoparticles. The far-field and near-field optical performance of the produced nanoparticles on various oxide layers are studied by optical reflectance spectroscopy at normal incidence and by SERS experiments, respectively; in particular, the SERS tests were performed using solutions of R6G molecules in the 1nM - 1mM concentration range.
O5: Hot Carriers, Spectroscopy and Theory I
Tuesday AM, December 01, 2015
Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Back Bay B
9:30 AM - *O5.01
Plasmonic Metal Oxide Nanocrystals
Delia Milliron 1
1Univ of Texas-Austin Austin United StatesShow Abstract
Degenerately doped metal oxide semiconductors, like ITO, exhibit plasmonic resonance at near and mid-infrared wavelengths tunable by varying their composition. Nanocrystals of many such materials have now been synthesized and applications are emerging that leverage the responsiveness of their localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) to electronic charging and discharging. I will describe how these phenomena are enabling the development of a new class of electrochromic glass that can dynamically control heat loads and daylighting in buildings to save energy and enhance comfort of building occupants. Further applications of these novel plasmonic nanocrystals will hinge, in part, on their ability to concentrate infrared light into nanoscale volumes and to enhance electronic and vibrational state transitions via associated field enhancement effects. Through simulations using the discrete dipole approximation, we have predicted high enhancement factors exceeding 300x for faceted nanocrystals. The potential for field enhancement is greatest for low loss materials with long plasmon dephasing times. Since the homogeneous linewidth of the LSPR is inversely related to the dephasing time, we have sought to distinguish this intrinsic linewidth from the heterogeneous broadening that is always present for colloidal nanoparticles. Measuring LSPR spectra of individual nanocrystals by tip-enhanced synchrotron FTIR spectroscopy we find single nanocrystals can have linewidths less than half of the corresponding ensembles. Thus, the dephasing times are long and plasmonic oxide nanocrystals have great potential for diverse applications in energy.
10:00 AM - O5.02
Self-Responsive Bi-Functional Smart Windows Based on Widely Tunable Localized Surface Plasmon Scattering in Mesoporus ITO Electrodes
Michele Manca 1 Roberto Giannuzzi 1 Praveen Pattathil 1 Mariam Barawi 1
1Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Lecce ItalyShow Abstract
A crucial target for the development of key enabling technologies to be implemented in the next generation of building envelopes is identified in the diffusion of intelligent multifunctional windows triggering efficient energy management and cost savings without unreasonable effort and complexity. Photovoltachromic devices integrate photovoltaic and electrochromic functionalities allowing both their separate or conjugate use.  The recent development in the field of doped oxide nanocrystals [2-3] may allow to develop a new class of transparent devices able to shield the infrared heat load carried by sunlight. Their optical features may be finely tuned by changing the nature of the nanomaterials engaged in the dynamic shift of the plasmonic scattering with specific parts of the solar spectrum. We report the fabrication of high-quality mesoporous electrodes based on surfactant-capped Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) colloidal nanocrystals and their implementation in self-powered “plasmochromic” devices which are simultaneously capable of generating electric energy as a photovoltaic system as well as of perceiving small variations in external radiation and controlling the energy fluxes by means of a smart variation of their optical transmittance. The effect of electrochemical charging on the optical features of the ITO-NCs mesoporous films has been systematically investigated by making them to work as anodes in a set of lab-scale EC cells filled with three different batches of electrolytes, respectively based on lithium perchlorate, lithium iodide and 2-dimethyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide in propylencarbonate. Several batches of dye-sensitized photovoltachromic cells have been implemented, featuring a broad spectral coverage thank to four different sensitizing dyes having almost complementary absorption spectra have been explored along with a couple of specifically designed device architectures. A reversible modulation of the solar transmittance (in the range 700-2500nm) higher than 30% (Tvis/Tsol from 78/65 to 70/33, coloration efficiency > 350 cm2/C in the NIR) has been demonstrated as well as an independent control of the electrochromic behavior over the visible and near-infrared regions.
10:15 AM - O5.03
NIR-Plasmonic Tungsten Oxide Nanocrystals for Electrochromic Smart Windows
Jongwook Kim 1 Gary K. Ong 1 2 Yang Wang 1 Gabriel LeBlanc 1 Teresa E Williams 3 4 Tracy Mattox 4 Brett Anthony Helms 4 Delia Milliron 1
1University of Texas at Austin Austin United States2University of California, Berkeley Berkeley United States3University of California, Berkeley Berkeley United States4Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley United StatesShow Abstract
Recent studies on plasmonic semiconductor nanocrystals opened a new possibility of near infrared (NIR)-selective electrochromism. The light extinction by localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) can be modulated via electrochemical charging and discharging, and the target LSPR wavelength range can be fine-tuned by selecting the nanocrystal matrix and dopants. Among a variety of doped metal oxide nanocrystals that we have synthesized, vacancy-doped tungsten oxide (WO3-x) shows an intense LSPR absorption optimized to match the solar NIR radiation (700~1300 nm). We present that a mesoporous film of WO3-x nanocrystals exhibits fully reversible switching of LSPR upon charging and discharging of Li+ ions. This allows a dynamic control of solar NIR transmittance (i.e. heat gain) through windows, which can significantly reduce the immense energy demand for air-conditioning. Furthermore, we fabricated a composite film consisting of WO3-x nanocrystals and a conventional visible (VIS)-electrochromic material, niobia glass (NbOx), to realize NIR-VIS dual-band modulation. Deliberately designed nanocomposite architecture with optimized charge transport pathways provides a capability to selectively and rapidly switch each component. In result, unprecedented dual-band modulation performance was achieved covering the entire solar spectrum. The composite device exhibits 36%TNIR : 73%TVis at the ‘Cool mode&’ and 7%TNIR : 22%TVis at the neutral color ‘Dark mode&’.
 Garcia, G., Buonsanti, R., Runnerstrom, E. L., Mendelsberg, R. J., Llordes, A., Anders, A., Richardson, T. J., Milliron, D. J., Nano Letters, 11, 4415-4420
 Lounis, S. D., Runnerstrom, E. L., Bergerud, A., Nordlund, D. & Milliron, D. J., J. Am. Chem. Soc.136, 7110-7116
 Kim, J., Ong, G. K., Wang, Y., LeBlanc, G., Williams, T. E., Mattox. T. M., Helms, B. A., Milliron, D. J., Submitted
10:30 AM - O5.04
Plasmonic Nanohole Arrays for Combined Photon and Electron Management in Solar Cells
Andreas C Liapis 1 Matthew Sfeir 1 Charles T. Black 1
1Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton United StatesShow Abstract
Surface plasmon polaritons are collective charge oscillations coupled to photons at the interface between a metal and a dielectric. When structured appropriately, thin metal films exhibit surface plasmon resonances that drastically alter their optical properties. Such resonances can be exploited to develop more efficient photovoltaic devices, for example by replacing the conducting oxide layer used in traditional solar cells by a metallic contact that exhibits enhanced optical transmission.
Here, we present a systematic exploration of the design space of thin metal films perforated with arrays of sub-wavelength holes. Such arrays are known to exhibit transmission resonances above the cutoff wavelength of an individual hole of the same dimensions. Using electron-beam lithography, we fabricate sub-wavelength hole arrays in metal films made of gold and silver, which are the most often utilized plasmonic metals, but also less explored materials such as copper and aluminum. We then characterize the optical properties of our fabricated structures using a high-brightness Fourier-transform spectrometer. Experimental results are compared to finite-difference time-domain simulations in order to understand the various surface plasmon modes supported by these structures.
We demonstrate that, on resonance, the transmission normalized to the open area of the holes can exceed unity, meaning that each hole transmits more light than is impinging on it directly. Increasing the pitch of the array red-shifts the resonances while increasing the hole radius results in higher overall transmission and broader peaks. As the thickness of the film increases, the total transmissivity decreases, while in thinner films a broadening of the resonance due to the coupling between the surface plasmons on the two interfaces is observed. We also compare arrays of sub-wavelength holes and their inverted structures, i.e. arrays of metal nano-islands, and observe complementary behavior.
For photovoltaic applications, sub-wavelength hole arrays have the dual benefit of providing an electrically conducting anode while simultaneously aiding in photon management. By appropriately tuning the design parameters, we are able to maximize the absorption of solar radiation in structures that are also suitable for efficient charge separation. We therefore explore the use of these transparent contacts in unconventional solar cell architectures, such as plasmonic photovoltaic devices where the carriers are generated by plasmonic absorption. We have implemented this approach in a metal-insulator-metal stack comprised of a perforated gold film, a thin zinc oxide spacer and an indium-tin-oxide rear contact. The significant advantage of this design is that such devices are considerably more economical to fabricate than traditional solar cells that require high-purity semiconductors.
10:45 AM - O5.05
Thin-Film Plasmonic Materials for Efficient Heat-to-Light and Light-to-Hot-Carriers Energy Transfer and Conversion
Svetlana V Boriskina 1 Jonathan Tong 1 Jiawei Zhou 1 Wei-Chun Hsu 1 Yi Huang 1 Gang Chen 1
1MIT Cambridge United StatesShow Abstract
Plasmons - as collective photon-electron oscillations - are naturally positioned to provide an ideal intermediate step in the conversion of photon energy into electrical current . Surface plasmons can be excited by thermal fluctuations at high temperatures, while optically-excited plasmons eventually dissipate their energy as heat. As such, surface plasmons also provide a bridge for efficient energy transfer between phonons and photons . We will report on our recent work on engineering efficient energy transfer and conversion between phonons, photons and electrical charge carriers with the aid of plasmonic thin films.
In particular, we will discuss our recent results on tailoring radiative heat transfer across narrow vacuum gaps between thin plasmonic films . We predict that plasmon-mediated heat flux can exceed the blackbody radiation limit by many orders of magnitude, and the benchmark established by the polar dielectric materials by an order of magnitude. We attribute this enhancement to the significant spectral broadening of radiative heat transfer due to coupling between surface plasmon polaritons on both sides of thin films. We compare the performance of thin films of conventional plasmonic materials such as noble metals and news ones such as metal oxides, and identify best material and geometrical properties to maximize the radiative heat flux. We also predict that the use of phase change materials allows for dynamic switching of the heat flux spectrum [2,3].
We will also discuss the use of plasmonic materials in harvesting solar energy by collection of photo-generated hot electrons via the processes of internal photoemission as an alternative approach to traditional photovoltaics. We will compare the limits to the maximum achievable energy conversion efficiency with various metals and semimetals, and will outline the ways to increase the efficiency limits by using quantum confinement effects in thin films as well as by splitting the solar spectrum .
This work has been supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, and Office of Basic Energy via ‘Solid State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC)&’, Award No. DE-SC0001299/DE-FG02-09ER46577 (for solar thermal applications) and Grant no. DE-FG02-02ER45977 (for near-field transport and photon DOS tailoring via confinement effects).
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11:30 AM - *O5.06
Sustainable Plasmonic Media and Their Potential in Energy Conversion Applications
Naomi J. Halas 1
1Rice University Houston United StatesShow Abstract
While noble metals have been the primary focus of plasmonics for more than a decade, for applications that may involve large-area light harvesting, aluminum is emerging as a highly sustainable alternative plasmonic material of great promise. Aluminum plasmonic hot-electron-based photodetection has been demonstrated in a prototype device, to investigate carrier transfer in hot carrier-based metal-semiconductor photodetectors, where the distinction between plasmonically generated carriers and those generated by optical excitation of interband transitions in the metal can be observed. Another important energy-relevant application is plasmonic photocatalysis. We have shown that Aluminum nanocrystals offer photocatalytic activity similar to that observed on noble metal nanoparticles for simple diatomic molecule dissociation reactions at room temperature. We observe that the electronic structure of Aluminum modifies its plasmonic response relative to noble metals in both these applications.
12:00 PM - O5.07
Band-Edge Exciton States and Intrinsic Radiative Lifetimes in Infrared Emitting IV-VI and III-V Quantum Dots
Oleksandr Isaienko 1 Kirill Velizhanin 1 Qianglu Lin 1 Wenyong Liu 1 Gen Chen 1 Jeffrey M. Pietryga 1 Istvan Robel 1 Victor I. Klimov 1
1Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos United StatesShow Abstract
Surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (spaser) is an emerging field of photonics which may lead to the development of nanoscale sources of coherent light. Infrared (IR) emitting quantum dots (QDs) based on IV-VI and III-V semiconductors with bandgaps in the 0.5 - 1.5 eV range represent a promising type of gain media for plasmon amplification. In addition, IR QDs hold great promise for applications in light emitting devices, IR sensing, and photon-management in photovoltaics. While synthetic methods of IR QDs have greatly advanced recently, there is still a limited knowledge of the emitting states, intrinsic radiative lifetimes, and exact factors that control emission efficiencies in these materials. A particular challenge in the investigation of the emissive properties of IR QDs is the existence of multiple channels for nonradiative recombination competing with radiative decay. Current methods commonly employ time-resolved measurements of photoluminescence (PL) via time-correlated photon counting. Temporal resolution of these experiments is typically limited by ~100 ps, which is often insufficient to detect short-lived transients associated with surface trapping or other fast nonradiative processes such as Auger recombination in charged QDs. Furthermore, since these measurements usually utilize Si avalanche photodiodes they can only be applied to materials with emission wavelengths shorter than 1 mu;m.
In this work, we employ ultrafast gated PL frequency-upconversion for the characterization of IR-emitting QDs. This technique provides sub-picosecond temporal resolution and allows us to access emission wavelengths up to ~3 mu;m. Using this method we assess the intrinsic exciton recombination rates in PbSe, PbS, InAs, and InSb QDs. While the Fermi&’s golden rule predicts the linear increase of the intrinsic radiative rates in QDs with increasing their bandgap, we observe the opposite trend which is especially pronounced for bandgaps >1 eV. Moreover, for the III-V QDs (InAs and InSb based) the measured radiative lifetimes are at least an order of magnitude longer compared to calculations based on the bulk transition dipole moment. These resutls point towards the existence of a complex structure of band-edge exciton states. This presentation will introduce the model which provides a plausible explanation of