Enhanced electron transfer and light absorption on imino polymer capped PdAg nanowire networks for efficient roomerature dehydrogenation of formic acid

Hu Liu, Bolong Huang, Jinhui Zhou, Kai Wang, Yongsheng Yu, Weiwei Yang, Shaojun Guo

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The electronic structure tuning of heterogeneous nanocatalysts is considered as one of the most effective ways of enhancing the catalytic activity of different chemical reactions. Herein, we demonstrate an effective way of tuning the electronic structure of networked PdAg nanowires (NWs) using polyvinylpyrrolidine imine (PVPI) as a new ligand to achieve more efficient hydrogen generation from formic acid (FA) decomposition. The PVPI-capped Pd5Ag5NWs show the highest activity for the dehydrogenation catalysis of FA with an initial turnover frequency (TOF) of 242 h-1among all the reported catalysts, and an increased TOF of 312 h-1under 365 nm light irradiation at room temperature. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy studies reveal that there is an interfacial electron transfer from PVPI to the PdAg NW surface, which is the key factor in boosting the dehydrogenation catalysis of FA herein. Density functional theory calculations suggest that the high catalytic activity primarily stems from both electronegative Pd active centers and the imino group (CN) in PVPI for efficiently deprotonating FA to Pd-formate intermediates and subsequently for promoting the cleavage of C-H. The PVPI-capped Pd5Ag5NWs are very stable and reusable for FA dehydrogenation catalysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1979-1984
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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