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Using block copolymers to enhance photosensitized water reduction for hydrogen gas generation

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Abstract

We demonstrate a new approach of using block copolymers to enhance the photosensitized reduction of water to hydrogen (H2). We investigated a complex formed by a diblock copolymer comprising poly(acrylic acid) and poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (PAA45-b-P4VP90) with Zn(II) protoporphyrin IX (ZnPP) using rhodium trisbipyridine chloride (Rh(bpy)3Cl3) as the electron acceptor and triethanolamine (TEOA) as the sacrificial electron donor. We show that ZnPP is bound to the copolymer by an axial coordination with the P4VP block, which improves its solubility in water and leads to a much more enhanced generation of hydrogen gas as compared to the neat photosensitizer without the block copolymer under the same conditions.

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The article was received on 31 Mar 2013, accepted on 04 Jun 2013 and first published on 04 Jun 2013


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3TA11297G
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013,1, 8358-8362
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    Using block copolymers to enhance photosensitized water reduction for hydrogen gas generation

    J. Wehrung, D. Li, D. Han, A. Yavrian and Y. Zhao, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 8358
    DOI: 10.1039/C3TA11297G

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