Iridium motif linked porphyrins for efficient light-driven hydrogen evolution via triplet state stabilization of porphyrin

Daniel Nnaemaka Tritton, Govardhana Babu Bodedla, Geliang Tang, Jianzhang Zhao, Chak Shing Kwan, Ken Cham Fai Leung, Wai Yeung Wong, Xunjin Zhu

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3005-3010
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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