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Optical and Photo-Electrochemical Properties of Nanoporous Gold

Salverda, M. (2013) Optical and Photo-Electrochemical Properties of Nanoporous Gold. Bachelor's Thesis, Physics.

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This report is the combined report of a FIT-Internship and a Bachelor Thesis. Both projects deal with nanoporous gold. Because the ligaments in the nanostructure are much smaller than the wavelength of visible light, there is localized surface plasmon resonance. The resonance frequency depends, among other things, on the ligament dimensions. In the FIT-internship, the resonance wavelength has been examined with respect to dimensions of different features in the nanostructure. The Bachelor Thesis consists of a theoretical study to support experiments performed by Msc. De Jeer and dr. E. Detsi during their attempts to build a water splitting device witn nanoporous gold as an electrode. It discusses redox reactions and the Nernst equation, activation barriers,the Butler-Volmer equation and hot electron chemistry after which a mechanism is proposed to better explain the experimental results. This mechanism has not yet been verified experimentally.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Physics
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:54
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:54

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