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Shedding Light on the Molecular Surface Assembly at the Nanoscale Level: Dynamics of a Re(I) Carbonyl Photosensitizer with a Coadsorbed Cobalt Tetrapyridyl Water Reduction Catalyst on ZrO2


Oppelt, Kerstin; Mosberger, Mathias; Ruf, Jeannette; Fernandez-Teran, Ricardo; Probst, Benjamin; Alberto, Roger; Hamm, Peter (2020). Shedding Light on the Molecular Surface Assembly at the Nanoscale Level: Dynamics of a Re(I) Carbonyl Photosensitizer with a Coadsorbed Cobalt Tetrapyridyl Water Reduction Catalyst on ZrO2. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 124(23):12502-12511.

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We present systematic kinetic studies of the interaction of a rhenium-based photosensitizer with a cobalt(II) tetrapyridyl water reduction catalyst coadsorbed on ZrO2 by transient IR and visible spectroscopies. The study focuses on the competition between the reduction of the excited photosensitizer by an electron donor in solution and nonproductive quenching between the photosensitizer and the catalyst, either by Dexter energy transfer or by electron transfer followed by ultrafast geminate recombination. The implications of both interactions for the charge transfer reactions on the surface are investigated. We find that the kinetics of the system as a whole and the achievable yield of reduced photosensitizer are determined by the inhomogeneous distribution of next neighbor distances between photosensitizers and the water reduction catalysts at the nanoscale level. This provides insight for rational design of heterogeneous water splitting systems with coimmobilized photosensitizers and catalysts.

Abstract

We present systematic kinetic studies of the interaction of a rhenium-based photosensitizer with a cobalt(II) tetrapyridyl water reduction catalyst coadsorbed on ZrO2 by transient IR and visible spectroscopies. The study focuses on the competition between the reduction of the excited photosensitizer by an electron donor in solution and nonproductive quenching between the photosensitizer and the catalyst, either by Dexter energy transfer or by electron transfer followed by ultrafast geminate recombination. The implications of both interactions for the charge transfer reactions on the surface are investigated. We find that the kinetics of the system as a whole and the achievable yield of reduced photosensitizer are determined by the inhomogeneous distribution of next neighbor distances between photosensitizers and the water reduction catalysts at the nanoscale level. This provides insight for rational design of heterogeneous water splitting systems with coimmobilized photosensitizers and catalysts.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
08 Research Priority Programs > Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Physical Sciences > General Energy
Physical Sciences > Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Physical Sciences > Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Energy, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Language:English
Date:11 June 2020
Deposited On:02 Feb 2021 12:51
Last Modified:12 May 2021 00:00
Publisher:American Chemical Society (ACS)
ISSN:1932-7447
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c02556

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