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Constructing Two Cu-Modified Organophosphomolybdates from a Nanocluster to a One-Dimensional Chain for Boosted Visible-Light-Driven Hydrogen Production

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posted on 2023-11-03, 17:07 authored by Hu Xu, Qun Chen, Ji-Lei Wang, Qin Wang, Cheng-Yang Jiao, Pin-Fang Yan, Hua Mei, Yan Xu
Photocatalytic decomposition of water to produce hydrogen H2 is an ideal way to solve energy and environmental problems, and the development of highly efficient polyoxometalate catalysts for photocatalytic hydrogen production has attracted wide attention. Herein, two Cu-modified Strandberg-type organophosphomolybdates were successfully synthesized, [Cu­(C8H7N3)­(H2O)2]2[(C6H5PO3)2Mo5O15]·4H2O (1) and [Cu­(phen)­(H2O)]­[Cu­(phen)­(H2O)2]­[(C6H5PO3)2Mo5O15]·2H2O (2) ([(C6H5P)2Mo5O21]­Cu2) (C8H7N3 = 2-(1H-pyrazol-3-yl)­pyridine, phen = 1,10-phenanthroline). Two Strandberg-type organophosphomolybdates can be used for visible-light-driven hydrogen production. Also, compound 2 exhibits an H2 production rate of 6399 μmol g–1 h–1 after 8 h light exposure in the presence of photosensitization agent [Ir­(dtbbpy)­(ppy)2]­[PF6] and TEOA. In addition, cyclic tests showed that compound 2 could be recycled four times without a significant reduction in catalytic performance. This work offers fresh insight into the development of novel polyoxometalates for efficient hydrogen evolution.