Advanced Materials, Vol.26, No.9, 1387-1392, 2014
Controlling Structural Symmetry of a Hybrid Nanostructure and its Effect on Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution
The existence of lattice strain between two different materials can be used to control the fine structural configuration in a hybrid colloidal nanostructure. Enabled by such, the relative position change of Au and CdX in Au-CdX from a symmetric to an asymmetric configuration is demonstrated, which can further lead to fine tuning of plasmon-exciton coupling and different hydrogen photocatalytic performance. These results provide new insight into plasmon enhanced photocatalytic mechanisms and provide potential catalysts for photoreduction reactions.