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In this newly published article, we investigate the effect of electronic excitations on photothermal catalytic CO2 hydrogenation over a Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 (CZA) catalyst by probing the surface to explore light-triggered surface reactions via X-ray spectroscopies and in situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). The UV and visible light dual activation promotes photothermal methanol production at the copper-zinc oxide interfacial perimeter by accelerating formate conversion and hydrogen molecule activation. This finding will generate interest in exploiting new thermal catalyst systems, which can significantly benefit from light-excitation of plasmonic and/or non-plasmonic components in photo- thermal catalysis.
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