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Title: Bio‐inspired plasmonic photocatalysts
Authors: Liu, Zhihua
Leow, Wan Ru
Chen, Xiaodong
Keywords: Engineering::Materials
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Liu, Z., Leow, W. R., & Chen, X. (2019). Bio‐inspired plasmonic photocatalysts. Small Methods, 3(3), 1800295-. doi:10.1002/smtd.201800295
Project: MOE2014- T3-1-004 
Journal: Small Methods 
Abstract: The conversion of solar energy to sustainable energy sources is a significant field of study for the relief of the world's energy problems, and among the various strategies developed, semiconductor photocatalysts have received significant attention as a promising candidate due to their attractive efficiency, mild reaction conditions, and low cost. The enhancement of such photocatalysts with plasmonic materials, by virtue of the Schottky junction and localized surface plasma resonance phenomenon, could facilitate the rapid progress in enhancement of photocatalytic efficiency under visible light irradiation. To further improve photocatalytic efficiency, scientists look to nature for inspiration, culminating in the evolution of complex hierarchical structures in order to fully utilize the potential of solar energy. In the past decade, there has been significant progress in the development of bio‐inspired plasmonic photocatalysts, such as antireflective surfaces, 3D photonic structures, and branched structures. This review describes the state‐of‐the‐art bio‐inspired light manipulation approaches, as well as future challenges in solar energy harvesting by plasmonic photocatalysts.
ISSN: 2366-9608
DOI: 10.1002/smtd.201800295
Schools: School of Materials Science and Engineering 
Research Centres: Innovative Centre for Flexible Devices 
Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Liu, Z., Leow, W. R., & Chen, X. (2019). Bio‐inspired plasmonic photocatalysts. Small Methods, 3(3), 1800295-, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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