Cavity Catalysis by Cooperative Vibrational Strong Coupling of Reactant and Solvent Molecules†

  title={Cavity Catalysis by Cooperative Vibrational Strong Coupling of Reactant and Solvent Molecules†},
  author={Jyoti Lather and Pooja Kapri Bhatt and Anoop Thomas and Thomas W. Ebbesen and Jino George},
  journal={Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English)},
  pages={10635 - 10638}
Abstract Here, we report the catalytic effect of vibrational strong coupling (VSC) on the solvolysis of para‐nitrophenyl acetate (PNPA), which increases the reaction rate by an order of magnitude. This is observed when the microfluidic Fabry–Perot cavity in which the VSC is generated is tuned to the C=O vibrational stretching mode of both the reactant and solvent molecules. Thermodynamic experiments confirm the catalytic nature of VSC in the system. The change in the reaction rate follows an… 

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