Dynamics and Photochemical H2 Evolution of Dye–NiO Photocathodes with a Biomimetic FeFe-Catalyst

Antila, L J and Ghamgosar, P and Maji, Somnath and Tian, H and Ott, S and Hammarström, L (2016) Dynamics and Photochemical H2 Evolution of Dye–NiO Photocathodes with a Biomimetic FeFe-Catalyst. ACS Energy Letters. pp. 1106-1111. ISSN 2380-8195

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Mesoporous NiO films were cosensitized with a coumarin 343 dye and a proton reduction catalyst of the [Fe2(CO)6(bdt)] (bdt = benzene-1,2-dithiolate) family. Femtosecond ultraviolet–visible transient absorption experiments directly demonstrated subpicosecond hole injection into NiO from excited dyes followed by rapid (t50% ∼ 6 ps) reduction of the catalyst on the surface with a ∼70% yield. The reduced catalyst was long-lived (2 μs to 20 ms), which may allow protonation and a second reduction step of the catalyst to occur. A photoelectrochemical device based on this photocathode produced H2 with a Faradaic efficiency of ∼50%. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography experiments demonstrated that the observed device deterioration with time was mainly due to catalyst degradation and desorption from the NiO surface. The insights gained from these mechanistic studies, regarding development of dye–catalyst cosensitized photocathodes, are discussed.

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Maji, Somnathhttp://orcid.org/0000-0001-6047-1339
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Chemistry
Divisions: Department of Chemistry
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 09:20
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 09:29
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/2862
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00506
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/2380-8195/
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