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Gold Nanoparticle Catalysis of the Cis-Trans Isomerization of Azobenzene

G.L. Hallett-Tapley, C. D’Alfonso, N.L. Pacioni, C.D. McTiernan, M. González-Béjar, O. Lanzalunga, E.I. Alarcon, and J.C. Scaiano, “Gold Nanoparticle Catalysis of the Cis-Trans Isomerization of Azobenzene”, Chem. Comm., 49(86), 10073-10075 (2013).

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Ablated, “pseudo-naked” gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) catalyze the cis–trans isomerization of substituted azobenzenes. para-Substitution was found to affect the rate of isomerization, suggesting the participation of AuNP-mediated electron transfer in the isomerization mechanism.

http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/cc/c3cc41669k#!divAbstract