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Tethered sensitizer–catalyst noble-metal-free molecular devices for solar-driven hydrogen generation

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Abstract

Inspired by natural photosynthesis in an organized assembly, compact H2-evolving molecular devices, which tether sensitizer and catalyst modules in one single molecule, present an opportunity to overcome the diffusion limit required for multi-component molecular systems, and increase intramolecular electron transfer rates from the photoactivated unit to the catalytic center to improve H2-evolving efficiency. Thereinto absolutely noble-metal free H2-evolving molecular devices are of particular interest because they don't contain precious and scarce noble-metal based components. This Frontier article focuses specifically on the recent advances in the design, synthesis, and photocatalytic properties of all-abundant-element molecular devices for photoinduced H2 generation via intramolecular processes. Some challenges and suggestions for future directions in this field are also illustrated.

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The article was received on 10 Jul 2018, accepted on 21 Sep 2018 and first published on 21 Sep 2018


Article type: Frontier
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT02831A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018, Advance Article
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    Tethered sensitizer–catalyst noble-metal-free molecular devices for solar-driven hydrogen generation

    G. Luo, Z. Pan, J. Lin and D. Sun, Dalton Trans., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8DT02831A

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