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Stable and Efficient Homogeneous Photocatalytic H2 Evolution Based on Water Soluble Pyrenetetrasulfonic Acid Functionalized Platinum Nanocomposites

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  • Dr. Mingshan Zhu,

    1. College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou,215123 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 512-65880089
    2. CAS Key Laboratory of Colloid, Interface and Chemical Thermodynamics, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (P.R. China)
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  • Zhi Li,

    1. College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou,215123 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 512-65880089
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  • Prof. Dr. Yukou Du,

    1. College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou,215123 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 512-65880089
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  • Dr. Zhigang Mou,

    1. College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou,215123 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 512-65880089
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  • Prof. Dr. Ping Yang

    Corresponding author
    1. College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou,215123 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 512-65880089
    • College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou,215123 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 512-65880089
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Abstract

Herein, 1,3,6,8-pyrenetetrasulfonic acid (PTSA) functionalized Pt nanocomposites were synthesized and characterized by UV/vis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS), FTIR, TEM, and XRD methods. Pyrenetetrasulfonic acid was not only used as the stabilizer to prevent agglomeration of Pt nanoparticles but also served as the light-harvesting photosensitizer, absorbing irradiating light and transferring photoexited electrons to the platinum nanoparticles. The occurrence of the photoinduced electron transfer process was confirmed by the combination of time-resolved fluorescence and photoelectrochemical spectral measurements. Photocatalytic results showed that PTSA functionalized Pt nanocomposites could be used as stable photocatalysts for photoinducing H2 evolution. At the optimal reaction conditions (nPt:nPTSA=100, pH 3), enhanced amounts of hydrogen were evolved from the system under UV/vis irradiation in the absence of an electron mediator. The corresponding amount of hydrogen evolution was 125.1 μmol for 12 h exposure to UV/vis irradiation, and the apparent quantum efficiency at a wavelength of λ=365 nm was 11.5 %.

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