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First turnover analysis of water-oxidation catalyzed by Co-oxide nanoparticles
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
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2015 (English)In: Energy & Environmental Science, ISSN 1754-5692, E-ISSN 1754-5706, Vol. 8, no 8, 2492-2503 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Co-oxides are promising water oxidation catalysts for artificial photosynthesis devices. Presently, several different proposals exist for how they catalyze O-2 formation from water. Knowledge about this process at molecular detail will be required for their further improvement. Here we present time-resolved O-18-labelling isotope-ratio membrane-inlet mass spectrometry (MIMS) experiments to study the mechanism of water oxidation in Co/methylenediphosphonate (Co/M2P) oxide nanoparticles using [Ru(bpy)(3)](3+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) as chemical oxidant. We show that O-16-Co/M2P-oxide nanoparticles produce O-16(2) during their first turnover after simultaneous addition of (H2O)-O-18 and [Ru(bpy)(3)](3+), while sequential addition with a delay of 3 s yields oxygen reflecting bulk water O-18-enrichment. This result is interpreted to show that the O-O bond formation in Co/M2P-oxide nanoparticles occurs via intramolecular oxygen coupling between two terminal Co-OHn ligands that are readily exchangeable with bulk water in the resting state of the catalyst. Importantly, our data allow the determination of the number of catalytic sites within this amorphous nanoparticular material, to calculate the TOF per catalytic site and to derive the number of holes needed for the production of the first O-2 molecule per catalytic site. We propose that the mechanism of O-O bond formation during bulk catalysis in amorphous Co-oxides may differ from that taking place at the surface of crystalline materials.

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Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015. Vol. 8, no 8, 2492-2503 p.
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Inorganic Chemistry Chemical Process Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-107316DOI: 10.1039/c5ee00700cISI: 000358730600027OAI: diva2:847882
Available from: 2015-08-21 Created: 2015-08-21 Last updated: 2015-08-21Bibliographically approved

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