Nanostructures of metals and semiconductors with high densities of free carriers are characterized by collective electronic oscillations induced by electromagnetic radiation, known as localized surface plasmon resonances or plasmons. Plasmons represent a strong light–matter interaction. Due to their exceptional absorption of light, plasmonic nanostructures are being exploited in laboratories worldwide for harvesting light energy and converting it into other forms, including heat, chemical energy, and mechanical motion. Understanding the rich photophysics, electron transport, and molecular dynamics involved in plasmon-driven energy conversion represents an important frontier in chemical physics. This Special Issue aims to highlight recent theoretical and experimental studies that are advancing such understanding and leading to knowledge for plasmon-driven renewable power generation and green manufacturing.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Plasmon-driven chemistry
- Kinetics and mechanisms of plasmon-driven chemical reactions
- Unique reaction pathways induced by plasmonic excitation
- Excited-state dynamics under plasmonic excitation
- Plasmon-excitation-induced thermal, thermochemical, and thermomechanical processes
- Ultrafast spectroscopic studies of plasmonic energy conversion processes
- Theoretical and experimental studies of hot electron dynamics in plasmonic nanostructures
- Plasmonically powered nanoscale motion and motors
- Electronic structure simulations of plasmonic light absorbers and photocatalysts
- New spectroscopic and microscopic techniques for the studies of plasmon-driven processes
- Plasmonic enhancement in optoelectronic devices
- Machine learning and artificial intelligence in the design of plasmonic energy-harvesting systems
Prashant K Jain, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Wei David Wei, University of Florida Gainesville
Zee Hwan Kim, Seoul National University
Lasse Jensen, Penn State University
Tim Lian, Emory University
Please note that papers will be published as normal when they are ready in a regular issue of the journal and will populate on a virtual collection page within a few days of publication. Inclusion in the collection will not cause delay in publication.
How to submit:
- Please submit through the online submission system.
- Under manuscript type → select Article or Communication, as appropriate.
- Under manuscript information → Title/Abstract → select “Invited Submission: No”.
- Under manuscript information → Manuscript classification → select Special Topic: “Plasmon-Driven Energy Conversion”