Photoelectrochemical Reduction of CO2 Coupled to Water Oxidation Using a Photocathode with a Ru(II)-Re(I) Complex Photocatalyst and a CoOx/TaON Photoanode

Go Sahara, Hiromu Kumagai, Kazuhiko Maeda, Nicolas Kaeffer, Vincent Artero, Masanobu Higashi, Ryu Abe, Osamu Ishitani

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Abstract

Photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction activity of a hybrid photocathode, based on a Ru(II)-Re(I) supramolecular metal complex photocatalyst immobilized on a NiO electrode (NiO-RuRe), was confirmed in an aqueous electrolyte solution. Under half-reaction conditions, the NiO-RuRe photocathode generated CO with high selectivity, and its turnover number for CO formation reached 32 based on the amount of immobilized RuRe. A photoelectrochemical cell comprising a NiO-RuRe photocathode and a CoOx/TaON photoanode showed activity for visible-light-driven CO2 reduction using water as a reductant to generate CO and O2, with the assistance of an external electrical (0.3 V) and chemical (0.10 V) bias produced by a pH difference. This is the first example of a molecular and semiconductor photocatalyst hybrid-constructed photoelectrochemical cell for visible-light-driven CO2 reduction using water as a reductant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14152-14158
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume138
Issue number42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 26
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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