Photocatalytic H-2 generation holds promisein the greenproduction of alternative fuels and valuable chemicals. Seeking alternative,cost-effective, stable, and possibly reusable catalysts representsa timeless challenge for scientists working in the field. Herein,commercial RuO2 nanostructures were found to be a robust,versatile, and competitive catalyst in H-2 photoproductionin several conditions. We employed it in a classic three-componentsystem and compared its activities with those of the widely used platinumnanoparticle catalyst. We observed a hydrogen evolution rate of 0.137mol h(-1) g(-1) and an apparent quantumefficiency (AQE) of 6.8% in water using EDTA as an electron donor.Moreover, the favorable employment of l-cysteine as the electronsource opens possibilities precluded to other noble metal catalyst.The versatility of the system has also been demonstrated in organicmedia with impressive H-2 production in acetonitrile. Therobustness has been proved by the recovery of the catalyst by centrifugationand reusage alternatively in different media.

RuO2 Nanostructure as an Efficient and Versatile Catalyst for H2 Photosynthesis

Bianco, Alberto;Gradone, Alessandro;Morandi, Vittorio;Bergamini, Giacomo
2023

Abstract

Photocatalytic H-2 generation holds promisein the greenproduction of alternative fuels and valuable chemicals. Seeking alternative,cost-effective, stable, and possibly reusable catalysts representsa timeless challenge for scientists working in the field. Herein,commercial RuO2 nanostructures were found to be a robust,versatile, and competitive catalyst in H-2 photoproductionin several conditions. We employed it in a classic three-componentsystem and compared its activities with those of the widely used platinumnanoparticle catalyst. We observed a hydrogen evolution rate of 0.137mol h(-1) g(-1) and an apparent quantumefficiency (AQE) of 6.8% in water using EDTA as an electron donor.Moreover, the favorable employment of l-cysteine as the electronsource opens possibilities precluded to other noble metal catalyst.The versatility of the system has also been demonstrated in organicmedia with impressive H-2 production in acetonitrile. Therobustness has been proved by the recovery of the catalyst by centrifugationand reusage alternatively in different media.
2023
Bianco, Alberto; Gradone, Alessandro; Morandi, Vittorio; Bergamini, Giacomo
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