Photoinduced stepwise oxidative activation of a chromophore-catalyst assembly on TiO2

Song, Wenjing, Glasson, Christopher R.K., Luo, Hanlin, Hanson, Kenneth, Brennaman, M. Kyle, Concepcion, Javier J., and Meyer, Thomas J. (2011) Photoinduced stepwise oxidative activation of a chromophore-catalyst assembly on TiO2. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2 (14). pp. 1808-1813.

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To probe light-induced redox equivalent separation and accumulation, we prepared ruthenium polypyridyl molecular assembly [(dcb)2Ru(bpy-Mebim2py)Ru(bpy)(OH2)]4+ (RuaII–RubII–OH2) with Rua as light-harvesting chromophore and Rub as water oxidation catalyst (dcb = 4,4'-dicarboxylic acid-2,2'-bipyridine; bpy-Mebim2py = 2,2'-(4-methyl-[2,2':4',4"-terpyridine]-2",6"-diyl)bis(1-methyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazole); bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine). When bound to TiO2 in nanoparticle films, it undergoes MLCT excitation, electron injection, and oxidation of the remote −RubII–OH2 site to give TiO2(e–)–RuaII–RubIII–OH23+ as a redox-separated transient. The oxidized assembly, TiO2–RuaII–RubIII–OH23+, similarly undergoes excitation and electron injection to give TiO2(e–)–RuaII–RubIV═O2+, with RubIV═O2+ a known water oxidation catalyst precursor. Injection efficiencies for both forms of the assembly are lower than those for [Ru(bpy)2(4,4'-(PO3H2)2bpy)]2+ bound to TiO2 (TiO2–Ru2+), whereas the rates of back electron transfer, TiO2(e–) → RubIII–OH23+ and TiO2(e–) → RubIV═O2+, are significantly decreased compared with TiO2(e–) → Ru3+ back electron transfer.

Item ID: 33453
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1948-7185
Funders: US Department of Energy (DOE), Army Research Office (ARO)
Projects and Grants: DOE Award DESC0001011, ARO Grant W911NF-09-1- 0426, DOE Award DE-SC0001298, DOE Award DE-EE0003188
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2014 00:09
FoR Codes: 03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0302 Inorganic Chemistry > 030207 Transition Metal Chemistry @ 50%
03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030503 Organic Chemical Synthesis @ 50%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850504 Solar-Photovoltaic Energy @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences @ 50%
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