Single molecule level plasmonic catalysis – a dilution study of p-nitrothiophenol on gold dimers
in: Chemical Communications (2015)
Surface plasmons on isolated gold dimers can initiate intermolecular reactions of adsorbed p-nitrothiophenol. At the single molecule level when dimerization is not possible an intramolecular reaction can be observed. Experimental evidence indicates that plasmon-induced hot electrons provide the required activation energy.