Ni-doped A-site excess SrTiO3 thin films modified with Au nanoparticles by a thermodynamically-driven restructuring for plasmonic activity

Both, Kevin G. and Reinertsen, Vilde M. and Aarholt, Thomas M. and Jensen, Ingvild J.T. and Neagu, Dragos and Prytz, Øystein and Norby, Truls and Chatzitakis, Athanasios (2022) Ni-doped A-site excess SrTiO3 thin films modified with Au nanoparticles by a thermodynamically-driven restructuring for plasmonic activity. Catalysis Today. ISSN 0920-5861 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2022.11.011)

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Abstract

Plasmonically active nanoparticles offer a promising pathway to extend the absorption range of photocatalysts. While not necessarily catalytically active themselves, these particles allow the absorption of lower energy photons in wide band gap photocatalysts. Here, we present A-site excess SrTiO3 thin films, doped with Ni, where through a subsequent exsolution process we created well socketed Ni nanoparticles in the surface of SrTiO3. These were galvanically replaced by Au, resulting in well-socketed Au nanoparticles with variable size on the surface, depending on the galvanic replacement time. Photoelectrochemical measurements and electron energy loss spectroscopy revealed the improved photoresponse of the thin films by plasmonic activity of the nanoparticles. The energy of the plasmon peak suggests that the main improvement results from the injection of hot charge carriers. Our study opens new avenues for the design and synthesis of the next generation of photocatalytic materials.

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Both, Kevin G., Reinertsen, Vilde M., Aarholt, Thomas M., Jensen, Ingvild J.T., Neagu, Dragos ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7208-1055, Prytz, Øystein, Norby, Truls and Chatzitakis, Athanasios;