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  • Team achieves two-electron chemical reactions using light energy, gold

    Under the right conditions, gold nanoparticles absorb light and transfer electrons to other reactants. This process can be used to convert CO2 and water into hydrocarbons. In the graphic, carbon atoms are black, oxygen atoms are red and hydrogen atoms are white.

    Under the right conditions, gold nanoparticles absorb light and transfer electrons to other reactants. This process can be used to convert CO2 and water into hydrocarbons. In the graphic, carbon atoms are black, oxygen atoms are red and hydrogen atoms are white.

    Graphic by Sungju Yu / Jain Lab / University of Illinois

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  • Editor’s notes:
    To reach Prashant Jain, call 217-333-3417; email jain@illinois.edu.  
    The paper “Harvesting multiple electron-hole pairs generated through plasmonic excitation of Au nanoparticles” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.
    DOI: 10.1038/s41557-018-0054-3