Shining light on silver nanoparticles

for catalysis

Silver nanoparticles have unique photo-active properties. I exploited these to improve the sustainability of reactions using light.  

Icon of a chemistry flask with leaves behind it

Careful design of chemical products and processes can help reducing the environmental footprint. Green chemistry doesn't focus on making new products or reactions, we aim at producing useful chemicals more sustainably. 

Image de Bill Oxford
Icon of a light bulb with a leaf inside

As photosynthesis, photo-catalysis uses light to trigger chemical transformation. Plants harvest sunlight to make sugar and grow, we use LEDs to transform molecules into  commonly used products useful in the industry.

Green chemistry

Photo-catalysis

Image de Sharon McCutcheon
nanotechnology-icon-set-illustration-gra

Very small aggregates of atoms at the nanometer scale (10 ⁻⁹ m) are called nanoparticles. When gold or silver are used, they are specific interactions with light, they absorb and reflect light like no other metals!

Image de Andy HYD

Plasmonic nanoparticles

Black

Thanks to their very unique interactions with light, plasmonic nanoparticles can be used to mediate chemical transformations using light as a trigger. These photo-catalyzed reactions allow to save energy because no high pressure and temperatures are required to drive the reaction but also to use greener chemicals.

My publications

Chem. Rev.

2020

Photo of silver coated glass slides in the cleanroom. Silver shines line a rainbow

Surface-plasmon-mediated hydrogenation of
carbonyls catalyzed by silver nanocubes
under visible light

ACS Catal.

2017

SE__11 sans legende.tif

Applications of
Plasmon-Enhanced Nanocatalysis to
Organic Transformations

Plasmonic nanoparticles: photocatalysts with a bright future

Water splitting catalyzed
by titanium dioxide decorated with
plasmonic nanoparticles

Pure App. Chem.

2017

83312695_3044154285674400_17072499620182

Curr Op. Green Chem. 2018

Plasmonic nanoparticles: photocatalysts with
a bright future

Silver catalysis in
organic synthesis

Wiley
2019

Wiley
2021

Plasmonic catalysis
towards hydrogenation reactions