Novel supramolecular photocatalyst based on conjugation of cucurbituril to non-metallated porphyrin for electrophotocatalytic hydrogen generation from water splitting
Embargo Lift Date: 2020-07-04
WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
2994 - 2999
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Visible‐light triggerable, stable, organic material‐based photocatalysts that can function in alkaline media without the necessity of sacrificial agent for hydrogen production are highly sought after. Here, we report a novel supramolecular photocatalyst that confers the aforementioned features. This supramolecular photocatalyst (TPP‐4CB7) is synthesized through the conjugation of monohydroxylated cucurbit(7)uril (CB7) hosts to a suitably substituted tetraphenyl porphyrin. Although TPP‐4CB7 by its own preforms as an efficient visible light triggered photocatalyst, the hydrogen production efficiency is significantly enhanced upon mixing with TiO2. The resulting nanocomposite (TPP‐CB‐TiO2@Pt) is observed to exhibit remarkable electrophotocatalytic activity under visible light and produces hydrogen (onset potential −10 mV, turn over frequency (TOF) 0.202 s−1, 24.5 mmol h−1 g−1) from water splitting without any significant degradation during four runs (5 h each) in alkaline media and in the absence of sacrificial agent.
Electrophotocatalytic hydrogen production