Observation of Single Molecule Plasmon-Driven Electron Transfer in Isotopically Edited 4,4′-Bipyridine Gold Nanosphere Oligomers

Emily A. Sprague-Klein, Michael O. McAnally, Dmitry V. Zhdanov, Alyssa B. Zrimsek, Vartkess A. Apkarian, Tamar Seideman, George C. Schatz, Richard P. Van Duyne

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Abstract

We clarify mechanistic questions regarding plasmon-driven chemistry and nanoscale photocatalysis within optically confined near-field plasmonic systems. Using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), we directly monitor the photoinduced reaction dynamics of 4,4′-bipyridine molecules, localized in plasmonic hot spots within individual gold nanosphere oligomers. Our experiment generates surface electrons from the gold nanoparticle using an intense off-molecular resonance continuous wave pump field, and detects radical anion products via SERS. This is done by adopting a dual-wavelength spectroscopic approach. Empirical evidence of plasmon-driven electron transfer is provided for the first time by direct detection of the 4,4′-bipyridine radical anion species localized in the plasmonic hot spots of individual gold nanosphere oligomers, corroborated by open-shell density functional theory calculations. An isotopologue approach using both protonated and deuterated 4,4′-bipyridine molecules demonstrates the single molecule response of plasmon-driven electron transfer occurring in single nanosphere oligomer systems with a 3% yield, a phenomenon unobserved in ensemble measurements under analogous experimental conditions. This mechanism has broad applicability to using nanoscale chemical reactors for surface redox reactions on the subnanometer scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15212-15221
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume139
Issue number42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 25 2017

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Nanospheres
Oligomers
Gold
Raman Spectrum Analysis
Observation
Electrons
Molecules
Anions
Raman scattering
Negative ions
Nanoparticles
Chemical reactors
Oxidation-Reduction
Photocatalysis
Redox reactions
Density functional theory
Pumps
Wavelength
Experiments

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  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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Sprague-Klein, E. A., McAnally, M. O., Zhdanov, D. V., Zrimsek, A. B., Apkarian, V. A., Seideman, T., ... Van Duyne, R. P. (2017). Observation of Single Molecule Plasmon-Driven Electron Transfer in Isotopically Edited 4,4′-Bipyridine Gold Nanosphere Oligomers. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139(42), 15212-15221. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b08868

Observation of Single Molecule Plasmon-Driven Electron Transfer in Isotopically Edited 4,4′-Bipyridine Gold Nanosphere Oligomers. / Sprague-Klein, Emily A.; McAnally, Michael O.; Zhdanov, Dmitry V.; Zrimsek, Alyssa B.; Apkarian, Vartkess A.; Seideman, Tamar; Schatz, George C.; Van Duyne, Richard P.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 139, No. 42, 25.10.2017, p. 15212-15221.

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Sprague-Klein, EA, McAnally, MO, Zhdanov, DV, Zrimsek, AB, Apkarian, VA, Seideman, T, Schatz, GC & Van Duyne, RP 2017, 'Observation of Single Molecule Plasmon-Driven Electron Transfer in Isotopically Edited 4,4′-Bipyridine Gold Nanosphere Oligomers', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 139, no. 42, pp. 15212-15221. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b08868
Sprague-Klein, Emily A. ; McAnally, Michael O. ; Zhdanov, Dmitry V. ; Zrimsek, Alyssa B. ; Apkarian, Vartkess A. ; Seideman, Tamar ; Schatz, George C. ; Van Duyne, Richard P. / Observation of Single Molecule Plasmon-Driven Electron Transfer in Isotopically Edited 4,4′-Bipyridine Gold Nanosphere Oligomers. In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2017 ; Vol. 139, No. 42. pp. 15212-15221.
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