A Ru(II)-Re(I) supramolecular photocatalyst and a Ru(II) redox photosensitizer were both deposited successfully on a NiO electrode by using methyl phosphonic acid anchoring groups and the electrochemical polymerization of the ligand vinyl groups of the complexes. This new molecular photocathode, poly-RuRe/NiO, adsorbed a larger amount of the metal complexes compared to one using only methyl phosphonic acid anchor groups, and the stability of the complexes on the NiO electrode were much improved. The poly-RuRe/NiO acted as a photocathode for the photocatalytic reduction of CO 2 at E = -0.7 V vs Ag/AgCl under visible-light irradiation in an aqueous solution. The poly-RuRe/NiO produced approximately 2.5 times more CO, and its total Faradaic efficiency of the reduction products improved from 57 to 85%.
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