Co3O4nanoparticles in the spinel crystalline structure are among the most promising catalysts for the water oxidation reaction, displaying remarkable activity under electrochemical and light-assisted conditions. In the presence of Ru(bpy)32+as a photosensitizer (bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine) and Na2S2O8as an electron acceptor, 5 ± 1 nm size Co3O4nanoparticles show a slow primary electron transfer (ET) to photogenerated Ru(iii), occurring in a timescale of tens of milliseconds. We demonstrate herein that (i) photo-oxidation of Co3O4NPs by Ru(iii) involves transformation of surface Co(iii)-OH sites to formal Co(iv)O, along a proton-coupled electron-transfer (PCET) pathway; (ii) the rate of the process depends on pH, and on the nature and concentration of the buffer; (iii) borate promotes general base catalysis of the PCET; and (iv) inhibition of the PCET is observed at high buffer concentration, due to H3BO3poisoning of the surface Co sites, resulting in depletion of the O2evolution activity.
|Titolo:||Proton coupled electron transfer from Co3O4nanoparticles to photogenerated Ru(bpy)33+: Base catalysis and buffer effect|
BONETTO, ALESSANDRO [Investigation]
MARCOMINI, Antonio [Investigation]
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Articolo su rivista |