Photochemistry of gold nanoparticles functionalized with an iron(ii) terpyridine complex. An integrated visible light photocatalyst for hydrogen generation

Mercedes Alvaro, Carmela Aprile, Belen Ferrer, Francesc Sastre, Hermenegildo García

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Abstract

Gold nanoparticles functionalized with iron(ii) terpyridine complexes undergo upon laser flash excitation long-lived charge separation in both conventional organic solvents and ionic liquids. The nature of the transient species depends on the laser excitation wavelength, 308 (Fe(tpyR)23+ and Au-) or 532 nm (solvated e-). No transients in the microsecond timescale are observed in acetonitrile upon excitation of gold nanoparticles lacking iron(ii) terpyridine complexes. The photogeneration of long-lived transients upon irradiation of these functional gold nanoparticles has been applied to develop an integrated (light harvester plus catalyst) visible-light photocatalysts for H2 generation from water that does not need methyl viologen as an electron relay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7437-7444
Number of pages8
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

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