A cobalt-NHC complex as an improved catalyst for photochemical hydrogen evolution from water

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A macrocyclic N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-cobalt complex was found to act as an improved H2-evolving catalyst in a [Ru(bpy)3] 2+-sensitized photosystem using methylviologen as a redox acceptor (MV2+ + e- → MV+•, MV2+ = N,N'-dimethyl-4,4′-bipyridinium), which provides a driving force of only 150 meV for H2 evolution at pH 5.0.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9872-9875
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number69
Publication statusPublished - Sep 7 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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