J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10, 3654-3660.

In plasmon-enhanced singlet oxygen (1O2) production, irradiation of a hybrid photosensitizer–metal nanoparticle leads to a significant alteration of the photosensitizer’s 1O2 yield. The quest for a more rational design of these nanomaterials calls for a better understanding of the enhancement mechanism that, to this day, remains largely unexplored. Herein, we introduce a new methodology to distinguish the near- and far-field contributions to the plasmon-enhanced 1O2 production using a tunable model nanoplatform, Rose Bengal-decorated silica-coated metal nanoparticles. By correlating 1O2 production to the experimental and simulated optical properties of our nanoparticles, we effectively discriminate how the near- and far-field effects contribute to the plasmonic interactions. We show that these effects work in synergy; i.e., for nanoparticles with a similar local field, the production of 1O2 correlates with maximized scattering yields. Our result...

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