Electro- and photocatalytic hydrogen generation in acetonitrile and aqueous solutions by a cobalt macrocyclic Schiff-base complex

Chi Fai LEUNG, Yong-Zhen CHEN, Han-Qing YU, Shek-Man YIU, Chi-Chiu KO, Tai-Chu LAU

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Abstract

The cobalt(III) macrocyclic Schiff-base complex, [Coᴵᴵᴵ(CR)Cl]ClO₄ (CR = 2,12-dimethyl-3,7,11,17-tetra-azabicyclo[11.3.1]-heptadeca-1(17),2,11,13,15-pentaene), is an active catalyst for the electrocatalytic proton reduction to generate dihydrogen in both acetonitrile and 100% aqueous solution (at −0.57 and −0.85 V vs SCE, respectively), using p-cyanoanilinium tetrafluoroborate and acetic acid as proton sources, respectively. Bulk electrolysis confirmed that dihydrogen is produced with >90% Faradaic yields and >50 TON in both solvents. [Coᴵᴵᴵ(CR)Cl₂]ClO₄ also catalyzes photo-driven (λ > 390 nm) hydrogen production in aqueous acetonitrile at TON of 180 (not optimized), using [Irᴵᴵᴵ(ppy)₂(bpy)]PF₆ as the photosensitizer, triethanolamine (TEOA) as the sacrificial donor and acetic acid as the proton source. Copyright © 2011 Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11640-11645
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume36
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

Citation

Leung, C.-F., Chen, Y.-Z., Yu, H.-Q., Yiu, S.-M., Ko, C.-C., & Lau, T.-C. (2011). Electro- and photocatalytic hydrogen generation in acetonitrile and aqueous solutions by a cobalt macrocyclic Schiff-base complex. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36(18), 11640-11645. doi: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2011.06.062

Keywords

  • Electrocatalyst
  • Photocatalyst
  • Hydrogen generation
  • Cobalt

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