Solar-Driven Hydrogen Generation Catalyzed by g-C3N4 with Poly(platinaynes) as Efficient Electron Donor at Low Platinum Content

Xuan Zhou, Yurong Liu, Zhengyuan Jin, Meina Huang, Feifan Zhou, Jun Song, Junle Qu, Yu Jia Zeng, Peng Cheng Qian, Wai Yeung Wong (Corresponding Author)

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A metal-complex-modified graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) bulk heterostructure is presented here as a promising alternative to high-cost noble metals as artificial photocatalysts. Theoretical and experimental studies of the spectral and physicochemical properties of three structurally similar molecules Fo–D, Pt–D, and Pt–P confirm that the Pt(II) acetylide group effectively expands the electron delocalization and adjusts the molecular orbital levels to form a relatively narrow bandgap. Using these molecules, the donor–acceptor assemblies Fo–D@CN, Pt–D@CN, and Pt–P@CN are formed with g-C3N4. Among these assemblies, the Pt(II) acetylide-based composite materials Pt–D@CN and Pt–P@CN with bulk heterojunction morphologies and extremely low Pt weight ratios of 0.19% and 0.24%, respectively, exhibit the fastest charge transfer and best light-harvesting efficiencies. Among the tested assemblies, 10 mg Pt–P@CN without any Pt metal additives exhibits a significantly improved photocatalytic H2 generation rate of 1.38 µmol h−1 under simulated sunlight irradiation (AM1.5G, filter), which is sixfold higher than that of the pristine g-C3N4.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2002465
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2021


  • carbon nitrides
  • cocatalysts
  • hydrogen generation
  • photocatalysis
  • poly(platinaynes)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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