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Cobalt oxide as a selective co-catalyst for water oxidation in the presence of an organic dye

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Abstract

In photobiocatalytical processes involving the simultaneous oxidation of water and reduction of specific organic molecules (e.g., cofactors), the lack of physical separation of the redox half-reactions adversely affects the product stability. This is largely because organic molecules are generally less stable within harsh oxidative environments. In general, surface co-catalysts are able to improve the selectivity of photocatalysts towards water oxidation. However, harsh oxidative environments reduce the chemical stability of the organic molecules. Herein, we show that the use of Co3O4 as a surface co-catalyst on silver orthophosphate improve water photo-oxidation in the presence of organic dye molecules, such as methylene blue, that typically exhibits susceptibility toward photodegradation. The presence of Co3O4 on the photocatalyst surface prevents the adsorption of the organic dye, thus reducing its degradation rate. These findings provide a promising scenario for the visible light-driven reduction of organic molecules using water as an electron donor.

Graphical abstract: Cobalt oxide as a selective co-catalyst for water oxidation in the presence of an organic dye

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The article was received on 22 Aug 2017, accepted on 13 Oct 2017 and first published on 16 Oct 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7PP00320J
Citation: Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2017, Advance Article
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    Cobalt oxide as a selective co-catalyst for water oxidation in the presence of an organic dye

    K. Kinastowska, J. Barroso, L. Yate, V. Pavlov, A. Chuvilin, W. Bartkowiak and M. Grzelczak, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7PP00320J

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