Development of Plasmonic Cu2O/Cu Composite Arrays as Visible- and Near-Infrared-Light-Driven Plasmonic Photocatalysts

Kosuke Sugawa, Natsumi Tsunenari, Hideyuki Takeda, Saki Fujiwara, Tsuyoshi Akiyama, Jotaro Honda, Shuto Igari, Wataru Inoue, Kyo Tokuda, Naoto Takeshima, Yasuhiro Watanuki, Satoshi Tsukahara, Kouichi Takase, Tetsuo Umegaki, Yoshiyuki Kojima, Nobuyuki Nishimiya, Nobuko Fukuda, Yasuyuki Kusaka, Hirobumi Ushijima, Joe Otsuki

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We describe efficient visible- and near-infrared (vis/NIR) light-driven photocatalytic properties of hybrids of Cu2O and plasmonic Cu arrays. The Cu2O/Cu arrays were prepared simply by allowing a Cu half-shell array to stand in an oxygen atmosphere for 3 h, which was prepared by depositing Cu on two-dimensional colloidal crystals with a diameter of 543 or 224 nm. The localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) of the arrays were strongly excited at 866 and 626 nm, respectively, at which the imaginary part of the dielectric function of Cu is small. The rate of photodegradation of methyl orange was 27 and 84 times faster, respectively, than that with a Cu2O/nonplasmonic Cu plate. The photocatalytic activity was demonstrated to be dominated by Cu LSPR excitation. These results showed that the inexpensive Cu2O/Cu arrays can be excellent vis/NIR-light-driven photocatalysts based on the efficient excitation of Cu LSPR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5685-5695
Number of pages11
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Jun 13 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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