Two new iridium motif linked porphyrins, MBPyZnP-Ir and TBPyZnP-Ir are developed for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution (PHE). The tetra-iridium linked one, TBPyZnP-Ir, displayed the highest H2 production rate (ηH2) of 16.12 mmol g-1 h-1 within 5 h of irradiation, which is over 2.73-fold higher than MBPyZnP-Ir (5.90 mmol g-1 h-1) and much higher than their precursors TBPyZnP (0.12 mmol g-1 h-1) and MBPyZnP (0.06 mmol g-1 h-1) without iridium. The superior ηH2 of TBPyZnP-Ir could be explained by the iridium motifs linked to the porphyrin, stabilizing the triplet states of the porphyrin through intramolecular energy transfer; thus enhancing electron transfer from the triplet photo-excited porphyrin moiety to the cobaloxime co-catalyst and consequently proton reduction.
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- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Materials Science(all)