Optical metasurfaces for energy conversion

Emiliano Cortés, Fedja J. Wendisch, Luca Sortino, Andrea Mancini, Simone Ezendam, Seryio Saris, Leonardo de S. Menezes, Andreas Tittl, Haoran Ren, Stefan A. Maier

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Nanostructured surfaces with designed optical functionalities, such as metasurfaces, allow efficient harvesting of light at the nanoscale, enhancing light–matter interactions for a wide variety of material combinations. Exploiting light-driven matter excitations in these artificial materials opens up a new dimension in the conversion and management of energy at the nanoscale. In this review, we outline the impact, opportunities, applications, and challenges of optical metasurfaces in converting the energy of incoming photons into frequency-shifted photons, phonons, and energetic charge carriers. A myriad of opportunities await for the utilization of the converted energy. Here we cover the most pertinent aspects from a fundamental nanoscopic viewpoint all the way to applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15082–15176
Number of pages95
JournalChemical Reviews
Issue number19
Early online date21 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2022

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