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Photoelectrochemical Generation of Hydrogen from Water Using a CdSe Quantum Dot-Sensitized Photocathode

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posted on 03.04.2015, 00:00 by T. Purnima A. Ruberu, Yuming Dong, Amit Das, Richard Eisenberg
The present study reports photelectrochemical H2 evolution using a water-solubilized S3-cap-CdSe quantum dot-sensitized NiO as the photocathode and either [Co­(bdt)2] (bdt =1,2-benzenedithiolate) or Ni­(DHLA)x (DHLA= the anion of dihydrolipoic acid) complex as the H2-forming catalyst. The NiO-S3-cap-CdSe/[Co­(bdt)2] system produces H2 with a turnover frequency of 3000 per CdSe mol·h. Faradaic efficiency for this system is essentially quantitative. Both systems are stable for more than 16 h.