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Keywords:

  • adsorption;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • nanoparticles;
  • sensors;
  • surface plasmon resonance
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A new optical probe in catalysis: The detection of the surface coverage of reactants on the surface of nanosized catalysts by manipulating nanoscale LSPR optical probes, as demonstrated by Larsson and co-workers, opens up new avenues for in situ investigation of the kinetics and mechanism of heterogeneous catalytic reactions (see picture).