The decay of localized surface plasmons in metallic nanostructures via Landau damping creates short-lived energetic electron/hole pairs, which can be used to drive nano-localized chemistry. After a brief discussion of the fundamentals of this process, I will demonstrate applications of plasmonic charge transfer for control over chemical enhancement in SERS, and to locally induce chemical reactions in reactivity hot spots of plasmonic nanoantennas. Hot electron dynamics in complex metallic nanostructures further facilitates designer molecular self-assembly in multi-element plasmonic nanoantennas.

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