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Light-molecule interactions in plasmonic environments

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Unravelling the interaction of single molecules with plasmonic interfaces sets the basis for plasmonic chemistry. Enhanced electric fields, energetic (hot) electron-hole pairs and abrupt thermal gradients, build up a complex scenario for molecules sitting next to a metal nanoparticle illuminated at visible wavelengths. However, at the same time, this combination offers all the necessary ingredients to manipulate photochemical reactions and ultimately revolutionize the electromagnetic-into-chemical energy conversion processes. In this context, single molecule and/or single nanoparticle approaches, even being methodologically challenging, should reduce the complexity of the problem allowing to explore, rationalize and optimize energy transfer pathways in these systems. Here, I will show a range of examples where the energy confinement achieved by plasmonic nanoparticles has been further employed to in-situ monitor, guide or induce charge-transfer processes at the single molecule and/or the single nanoparticle level. Using light to study, enhance and drive chemical reactions, beyond the traditional photochemistry or photocatalysis fields, is now possible thanks to plasmonic chemistry.

This talk is part of the Metamaterials and Nanophotonics Group Seminars series.

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