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Reorganization of a photosensitive carbo-benzene layer in a triptych nanocatalyst with enhancement of the photocatalytic hydrogen production from water

Abstract : The preparation of a triptych nanomaterial made of TiO2 nanoparticles as semiconductor, Ag plasmonic nanoparticles and a carbo-benzene macrocyclic molecule as photosensitizer is described, and used to produce hydrogen by photo-reduction of pure deionized water under 2.2 bar argon pressure without any electrical input. Silver nanoparticles (~5 nm) are grafted onto the surface of commercial TiO2 nanoparticles (~23 nm) by a photo-deposition process using an original silver amidinate precursor. The thickness of the photosensitive layer (2 nm), which completes the assembly, plays a crucial role in the efficiency and robustness of the triptych nanocatalyst. Thanks to the organic layer reorganization during the first ~24 h of irradiation, it leads to an enhancement of the hydrogen production rate up to 5 times. The amount of silver and carbo-benzene are optimized, along with the mass concentration of nanocatalyst in water and the pH of the aqueous medium, to allow reaching a hydrogen production rate of 22.1 μmol·h−1·gphotocatalyst−1.
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Hala Assi, Kévin Cocq, Jérémy Cure, Gérald Casterou, Kévin Castello Lux, et al.. Reorganization of a photosensitive carbo-benzene layer in a triptych nanocatalyst with enhancement of the photocatalytic hydrogen production from water. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Elsevier, 2020, 45 (46), pp.24765-24778. ⟨10.1016/j.ijhydene.2020.06.255⟩. ⟨hal-02947701⟩

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