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Pt-free tandem molecular photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting driven by visible light
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3455-0855
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry.
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2014 (English)In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 16, no 46, 25234-25240 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells using molecular catalysts to split water into hydrogen and oxygen have been investigated intensively during the past years. However, the high-cost of Pt counter electrodes and instability of molecular PEC cells hinder the practical applications. We describe in this article a Pt-free tandem molecular PEC cell, for the first time, employing molecular ruthenium- and cobalt-catalysts with strong dipicolinic acid anchoring groups on the respective photoanode and photocathode for total water splitting. The Pt-free tandem molecular PEC cell showed an effective and steady photocurrent density of ca. 25 mu A cm(-2) for water splitting driven by visible light without external bias. This study indicates that tandem molecular PEC cells can provide great potential to the Pt-free devices for light driven total water splitting.

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2014. Vol. 16, no 46, 25234-25240 p.
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Chemical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158855DOI: 10.1039/c4cp04489dISI: 000344989500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84908568729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-158855DiVA: diva2:782230
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QC 20150120

Available from: 2015-01-20 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Design of Water Splitting Devices via Molecular Engineering
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Converting solar energyto fuels such as hydrogen by the reaction of water splitting is a promising solution for the future sustainable energy systems. The theme of this thesis is to design water splitting devices via molecular engineering; it concerns the studies of both electrochemical-driven and photo-electrochemical driven molecular functional devices for water splitting.

The first chapter presents a general introduction about Solar Fuel Conversion. It concerns molecular water splitting catalysts, light harvesting materials and fabrication methods of water splitting devices.

The second chapter describes an electrode by immobilizing a molecular water oxidation catalyston carbon nanotubes through the hydrophobic interaction. This fabrication method is corresponding to the question: “How to employ catalysts in functional devices without affecting their performances?”

In the third chapter, molecular water oxidation catalysts were successfully immobilized on glassy carbon electrode surface via electrochemical polymerization method. The O-O bond formation pathways of catalysts on electrode surfaces were studied. This kinetic studyis corresponding to the question: “How to get kinetic information of RDS whena catalyst is immobilized on the electrode surface?”

Chapter four explores molecular water oxidation catalysts immobilized on dye-sensitized TiO2 electrodeand Fe2O3 semiconductor electrode via different fabrication methods. The reasons of photocurrent decay are discussed and two potential solutions are provided. These studies are corresponding to the question: “How to improvethe stability of photo-electrodes?”

Finally, in the last chapter, two novel Pt-free Z-schemed molecular photo-electrochemical cells with both photoactive cathode and photoactive anode for visible light driven water splitting driven were demonstrated. These studies are corresponding to the question: “How to utilizethe concept of Z-schemein photosynthesis to fabricate Pt-free molecular based PEC cells?

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. 92 p.
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TRITA-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081 ; 2016:6
Keyword
electrochemical-driven water splitting, artificial photosynthesis, molecular catalysts
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Other Chemistry Topics
Research subject
Chemistry
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-181107 (URN)978-91-7595-841-5 (ISBN)
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2016-02-26, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm., 10:00 (English)
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Swedish Energy AgencySwedish Research CouncilKnut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
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QC 20160129

Available from: 2016-01-29 Created: 2016-01-29 Last updated: 2017-06-01Bibliographically approved

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