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A protocol for quantifying hydrogen evolution by dye-sensitized molecular photocathodes and its implementation for evaluating a new covalent architecture based on an optimized dye-catalyst dyad

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A protocol that combines gas chromatography and a high-sensitivity micro Clark-type electrode is described to quantify hydrogen production across gas and solution phases for systems operating at very low currents such as dye-sensitized H2-evolving photocathodes. Data indicate that a significant fraction of H2 remains in aqueous solution even after several hours of experiments. Using this protocol, re-evaluation of a dye-sensitized H2-evolving photocathode based on a dye-catalyst dyad showed a reproducible 66% increase of the faradaic efficiency compared with previously reported headspace GC measurements [Kaeffer et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 12308–12311]. This dyad was based on an organic push–pull dye where donor and acceptor are separated by one thiophene group. Insertion of a second thiophene group between the donor and acceptor led to a more efficient system with 30% improved faradaic efficiency for H2 evolution.

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The article was received on 28 Mar 2018, accepted on 18 May 2018 and first published on 30 May 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT01210E
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 10509-10516
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    A protocol for quantifying hydrogen evolution by dye-sensitized molecular photocathodes and its implementation for evaluating a new covalent architecture based on an optimized dye-catalyst dyad

    C. D. Windle, J. Massin, M. Chavarot-Kerlidou and V. Artero, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 10509
    DOI: 10.1039/C8DT01210E

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