[Takashi Kumagai] Eluciation of microscopic mechanism of catalytic effects via localized plasminon excitation

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Takashi Kumagai

Takashi Kumagai

Physical Chemistry, Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society
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Recently it has been demonstrated that localized surface plasmonic polariton generated on plasmonic metal nano-structures can enhance chemical reactions. However, the microscopic mechanism of the process induced via near-field excitation remains poorly understood. This research project investigates near-field induced chemical reactions using a low-temperature scanning probe microscope and aims at obtaining the detailed reaction mechanism at the single-molecule level. The application for methane activation via near-field excitation will also be examined.

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