Quantum confinement controls photocatalysis: a free energy analysis for photocatalytic proton reduction at CdSe nanocrystals.

@article{Zhao2013QuantumCC,
  title={Quantum confinement controls photocatalysis: a free energy analysis for photocatalytic proton reduction at CdSe nanocrystals.},
  author={Jing Zhao and Michael A. Holmes and Frank E Osterloh},
  journal={ACS nano},
  year={2013},
  volume={7 5},
  pages={4316-25}
}
The ability to adjust the mechanical, optical, magnetic, electric, and chemical properties of materials via the quantum confinement effect is well-understood. Here, we provide the first quantitative analysis of quantum-size-controlled photocatalytic H2 evolution at the semiconductor-solution interface. Specifically, it is found that the hydrogen evolution rate from illuminated suspended CdSe quantum dots in aqueous sodium sulfite solution depends on nanocrystal size. Photoelectrochemical… CONTINUE READING
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