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METHOD AND DEVICE USING PLASMON- RESONATING NANOPARTICLES

United States Patent Application

20130122396
A1
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Disclosed herein are methods and articles that include a plasmon-resonating nanostructure that employ a photo-thermal mechanism to catalyze the reduction of an oxidant. As such, the plasmon-resonating nanostructure catalyzes a redox reaction at a temperature below a predetermined activation temperature. The method can be efficiently used to catalyze the reduction of an oxidant, for example in a catalytic reactor or in a fuel cell that includes a photon source.
Linic, Suljo (Ann Arbor, MI), Christopher, Phillip N. (Riverside, CA)
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (Ann Arbor MI)
13/ 696,763
May 19, 2011
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0002] This invention was made with governmental support under grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DOE-BES) and Division of Chemical Science (FG-02-05ER15686), and the National Science Foundation (CBET 0756255). The government has certain rights in the invention.