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Photocatalytic H2 generation based on noble-metal-free binuclear cobalt complexes using visible-light

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Two new binuclear cobalt complexes, namely {[Co(dmgH)(dmgH2)]2L1} (I) and {[Co(dmgH)(dmgH2)]2L2} (II) (dmgH = dimethylglyoximate monoanion; dmgH2 = dimethylglyoxime, L1 = 1,3-bis(4-pyridyl)propane), L2 = 1,3-bis(imidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene), have been synthesized by the self-assembly of [Co(dmgH)(dmgH2)] and L1 or L2, respectively. An efficient photocatalytic system was constructed by combining a noble-metal-free cobalt complex as the catalyst with Eosin Y dye (EY2−) as the photosensitizer to give an efficient H2 generating system under visible-light irradiation (λ > 420 nm) using triethanolamine (TEOA) as a sacrificial electron donor. The maximum amount of H2 generated was 1013 TON for I and 1134 TON for II over a 2 h irradiation period (λ > 420 nm) under the conditions of pH 8.0, 5% TEOA (v/v), an EY2− concentration of 4.0 × 10−4 M and a catalyst concentration of 4.0 × 10−4 M in the mixed solvent system of CH3CN–H2O (3 : 1, v/v). In addition, the mechanism of H2 generation in the photolysis system was briefly discussed.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic H2 generation based on noble-metal-free binuclear cobalt complexes using visible-light

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The article was received on 11 Apr 2013, accepted on 27 Jul 2013 and first published on 30 Jul 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP51550H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013,15, 16665-16671
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    Photocatalytic H2 generation based on noble-metal-free binuclear cobalt complexes using visible-light

    Z. Wang, H. Rao, M. Deng, Y. Fan and H. Hou, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 16665
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CP51550H

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