Plasmon-exciton coupling of monolayer MoS2-Ag nanoparticles hybrids for surface catalytic reaction

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The optical properties of monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)/Ag nanoparticle (NP) hybrids and their application to surface catalytic reactions were studied by transmission, photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectroscopies. The local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of Ag nanoparticles was tuned to better match the exciton energy of monolayer MoS2. The PL of the hybrids was enhanced by more than 50 times when the local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peak was tuned systematically from 438 nm to 532 nm, indicating a stronger coupling and higher energy transfer rate between the plasmon of the Ag NPs and the excitons of the MoS2. Additionally, photocatalytic reactions of 4-nitrobenzenethiol (4NBT) were performed on the MoS2, the Ag nanoparticles, and the hybrid MoS2 with Ag nanoparticles. On the MoS2 substrate alone, there is no photocatalytic reaction. With a low laser intensity, the probability of a chemical reaction occurring for molecules directly adsorbed onto the Ag NPs is much lower than the probability of a reaction involving those molecules adsorbed onto the MoS2/Ag substrate. At a higher power, although the electric field was reduced by approximately 30% by the MoS2 layer, there is better efficiency for the plasmon-exciton co-driven surface catalytic reactions on the MoS2/Ag substrate compared to the Ag substrate alone. Our findings illustrate the potential to control hot carriers for better surface catalytic reactions by tuning the exciton-plasmon coupling between the 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) and Ag NPs.


  • Xianzhong Yang
  • Hua Yu
  • Xiao Guo
  • Qianqian Ding
  • Tonu Pullerits
  • Rongming Wang
  • Guangyu Zhang
  • Wenjie Liang
  • Mengtao Sun
External organisations
  • University of Science and Technology Beijing
  • Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Research areas and keywords

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  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • Ag nanoparticles, Monolayer MoS, Photocatalysis, Plasmon-exciton coupling
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-78
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Today Energy
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep 1
Publication categoryResearch