Fundamentals

Our research group focuses on understanding the fundamental energy flow and dynamics in nanomaterials. By optimizing their design and function, we aim to efficiently convert, store, and transport energy. Our work seeks to uncover the underlying physics of these materials and develop new approaches for sustainable energy technology.

To achieve a comprehensive understanding of nanomaterial behavior, much of our research involves studying single particles and molecules. By analyzing their individual properties and interactions, we can gain insight into the collective behavior of these materials. Our work strives to develop a complete understanding of energy flow and dynamics in nanomaterials for the advancement of sustainable energy technology.

The interaction and combination of different materials in hybrids, or with molecules, play a crucial role in shaping the design of nanomaterials. By understanding how these materials interact, we can develop new approaches for energy conversion, transport, and storage. Our research focuses on optimizing these interactions to create nanomaterials with enhanced properties and performance, driving the future of sustainable energy technology.

Related Publications

ACS Nano, accepted, 2023
Spatial distributions of single-molecule reactivity in plasmonic catalysis
S. Ezendam, J. Gargiulo, A. Sousa-Castillo, J.B. Lee, Y.S. Nam, S. Maier, E. Cortés

Nature Communications, 14, 1, 3813, 2023
Impact of bimetallic interface design on heat generation in plasmonic Au/Pd nanostructures studied by single-particle thermometry
J. Gargiulo, M. Herran, I. L. Violi, A. Sousa-Castillo, L. P. Martinez, S. Ezendam, M. Barella, H. Giesler, R. Grzeschik, S. Schlücker, S. A. Maier, F. D. Stefani, E. Cortés

ACS Nano, 17, 3, 3119 3127, 2023
Interface-Dependent Selectivity in Plasmon-Driven Chemical Reactions
A. Stefancu, J. Gargiulo, G. Laufersky, B. Auguié, V. Chi , E. C Le Ru, M. Liu, N. Leopold, E. Cortés

Nature Reviews Chemistry, 6, 259–274, 2022
Experimental Characterization Techniques for Plasmon-assisted Chemistry
E. Cortés, R. Grzeschik, S. A. Maier, S. Schlücker

ACS Energy Letters, 6 (12), 4273-4281, 2021
Probing the Role of Atomic Defects in Photocatalytic Systems through Photoinduced Enhanced Raman Scattering
D. Glass, R. Quesada-Cabrera, S. Bardey, P. Promdet, R. Sapienza, V. Keller, S. A Maier, V. Caps, I. P Parkin, E. Cortés