Reactive Plasmonics Meeting

When: 26 November 2019, 10:00 -17:00
Where: Meeting room 1&2, UK Catalysis Hub Research Complex, Harwell Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Didcot, OX11 0FA

Although photosynthesis underpins life on earth, photochemical technologies are yet to make an impact on our modern lives. Meanwhile photovoltaics is a mature and successful industry that shares a common theme with photochemistry – both rely on energetic electrons and holes; in the former to generate electrical power and in the latter to drive redox reactions. The EPSRC funded Reactive Plasmonics Project, led by King’s and Imperial, explores the science of hot carriers generated by light absorption within metals and semiconductors. Remarkably, metals sustain electrons and holes at temperature of many thousands of degrees Kelvin, while the host material remains near ambient conditions. This phenomenon activates a variety of thermodynamically unfavourable electronic and chemical processes with applications in photodetection, sensing and catalysis. The UK Catalysis Hub and Reactive Plasmonics Group are holding the joint workshop to try to find synergies between the two research areas.

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