Controlling photocatalytic activity by self-assembly – Tuning perylene bisimide photocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction

McDowall, Daniel, Greeves, Benjamin J., Clowes, Rob, McAulay, Kate, Fuentes-Caparrós, Ana M., Thomson, Lisa, Khunti, Nikul, Cowieson, Nathan, Nolan, Michael C., Wallace, Matthew, Cooper, Andrew I., Draper, Emily R., Cowan, Alexander J. and Adams, Dave J. (2020) Controlling photocatalytic activity by self-assembly – Tuning perylene bisimide photocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction. Advanced Energy Materials, 10 (46). ISSN 1614-6832

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Abstract

Amino acid functionalized perylene bisimides (PBIs) form self-assembled structures in solution, the nature of which depends on the local environment. Using a high-throughput photocatalysis setup, five PBIs are studied for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) under a range of conditions (pH and hole scavenger concentration) across 350 experiments to explore the relationship between supramolecular structure and photocatalytic activity. Using small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), NMR spectroscopy and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectroscopy, it is shown that photocatalytic activity is determined by the nature of the self-assembled aggregate that is formed, demonstrating the potential of self-assembly to tune activity. There is a clear correlation between the presence of charged flexible cylindrical aggregates and the occurrence of photocatalytic H2 production, with UV–vis spectroscopy indicating that the most active structure type has a distinctive form of π-aggregation which is proposed to enable efficient charge separation across multiple PBI units.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hydrogen,organic photocatalysts,self-assembly,solar fuels,renewable energy, sustainability and the environment,materials science(all),sdg 7 - affordable and clean energy ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2100/2105
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2020 01:09
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 15:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77579
DOI: 10.1002/aenm.202002469

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