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Cavity Catalysis by Co-operative Vibrational Strong Coupling of Reactant and Solvent Molecules

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submitted on 29.12.2018 and posted on 31.12.2018 by Jyoti Lather, Pooja Bhatt, Anoop Thomas, Thomas W. Ebbesen, Jino George
para-nitrophenyl acetate hydrolysis is studied under vibrational strong coupling in a Fabry-Perot cavity. By tuning the cavity resonance to the C=O vibrational stretching mode of both the reactant and solvent molecules, it is found that the reaction is accelerated by an order of magnitude. It is shown that this cavity catalysis involves a co-operative strong coupling effect between the solvent and reactant molecules. The reaction rate follows an exponential relation with respect to the solvent coupling strength. The combination of co-operative effects and cavity catalysis confirms the potential of VSC as a new frontier in chemistry.

Funding

DST-SERB, Core Research Grant (EMR/2017/003455)

History

Email Address of Submitting Author

jgeorge@iisermohali.ac.in

Institution

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali

Country

India

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0002-3558-6553

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

NA

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