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Silicon Cluster based Hierarchical photocatalysts produced by MATrix assembly cluster source

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Project "SCHiMAT" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Edgbaston
postcode: B15 2TT

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-06-01   to  2019-05-31


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 Project objective

Photocatalysis is important for solving the worldwide energy shortage and environmental pollution issues. Recently, silicon materials are considered to be promising catalysts. In particular, size controlled Si clusters/nanoparticles/QDs show tunable emissions/absorption from near infrared to blue wavelength, making them promising candidates as photocatalysts. However, the research on the Si clusters based photocatalysts is still slow progress due to lacking of methods of fabrication of Si clusters with precision and in large quantities. In addition, unlike the widely studied Au and Ag nanostructures, which have distinct and well-defined SPR absorption peaks , small (<10nm) Si nanoparticles always exhibit low extinction from the ultraviolet to short wavelength of visible light, and thus result in lower photocatalytic efficiency. In SCHiMAT, the luminescent, photoelectric and photocatalytic properties of Si clusters with precisely controllable size and high production, which produced by “Matrix Assembly Cluster Source” (MACS), will be systemically studied. Based on that, this project will entail the design of a novel kind of hierarchical structure, which involves the choice of spherical semiconductor nanoparticles (SiO2, Al2O3, ZrO2, TiO2 CeO2 and ZnO NPs) and distribution modulation of the Si QDs on the semiconductor support, to largely enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of Si QDs, which is distinct from a conventional photocatalytic efficiency enhancement strategy aimed at exciting surface plasmon by means of incorporating metal nanostructures. This project would open a promising new route to using Si cluster/QDs as visible-light absorber for solar energy conversion. The project combines ER and host supervisor’s expertise in nanocluster, photonics, catalysis research, and will equip the ER to carry out cutting edge research in cluster-based nanomaterials and photocatalysis.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Peng Mao, Qiang Chen, Guang-hou Wang, Min Han
Gas-phase deposited plasmonic nanoparticles supported on 3D-graphene/nickel foam for highly SERS detection
published pages: 200-206, ISSN: 1674-0068, DOI: 10.1063/1674-0068/cjcp1812294
Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics 32/2 2020-01-22
2018 Bo Xie, Peng Mao, Minrui Chen, Zhaoguo Li, Chang Liu, Yuyuan Qin, Lun Yang, Maocai Wei, Meifeng Liu, Xiuzhang Wang, Deyan Han, Shaozhen Li, Fengqi Song, Min Han, Jun-Ming Liu, Guanghou Wang
A tunable palladium nanoparticle film-based strain sensor in a Mott variable-range hopping regime
published pages: 161-169, ISSN: 0924-4247, DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2018.01.058
Sensors and Actuators A: Physical 272 2020-01-22
2018 Bo Xie, Peng Mao, Minrui Chen, Zhaoguo Li, Juanjuan Han, Lun Yang, Xiuzhang Wang, Min Han, Jun-Ming Liu, Guanghou Wang
Pd Nanoparticle Film on a Polymer Substrate for Transparent and Flexible Hydrogen Sensors
published pages: 44603-44613, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b15445
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10/51 2020-01-22
2018 Peng Mao, Changxu Liu, Gael Favraud, Qiang Chen, Min Han, Andrea Fratalocchi, Shuang Zhang
Broadband single molecule SERS detection designed by warped optical spaces
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07869-5
Nature Communications 9/1 2020-01-22
2019 Changxu Liu, Peng Mao, Qinghua Guo, Min Han, Shuang Zhang
Bio-inspired plasmonic leaf for enhanced light-matter interactions
published pages: , ISSN: 2192-8614, DOI: 10.1515/nanoph-2019-0104
Nanophotonics 0/0 2020-01-22

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