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Dual-Excitation Polyoxometalate-Based Frameworks for One-Pot Light-Driven Hydrogen Evolution and Oxidative Dehydrogenation

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posted on 02.04.2018, 00:00 by Wenlong Sun, Bowen An, Bo Qi, Tao Liu, Meng Jin, Chunying Duan
Dehydrogenation of the tetrahydroisoquinoline derivatives coupled with hydrogen production is important for hydrogen storage applications. Herein, we formulated a new system that embedded Dawson-type polyoxometalates as efficient photosensitizers into the pores of redox-active coordination polymers for the light-driven photocatalytic oxidative Mannich reaction and hydrogen evolution. In the designed Co-POM polymer, UV light excitation gives the excited state of the Dawson-type polyoxometalate first to oxidize electron donors or substrates; the reduced form (i.e., heteropolyblue) adsorbs visible light to achieve a new excited state, which reduced the cobalt redox sites and facilitates hydrogen evolution reaction. The photosensitizer recovered to the ground state, completing the catalytic cycle. Under the optimized conditions, Co-POM enabled the hydrogen evolution and dehydrogenation of tetrahydroisoquinoline without the presence of any other additives. The high catalytic efficiency and robustness indicated the advantages of the combining functional polyoxometalate-based catalysts and porous characters of the coordination polymers for the development of highly active heterogeneous catalysts.