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Controlled Periodic Illumination Enhances Hydrogen Production by over 50% on Pt/TiO2

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posted on 18.05.2021, 18:04 authored by F. Sordello, F. Pellegrino, M. Prozzi, C. Minero, V. Maurino
Efficient solar water photosplitting is plagued by large overpotentials of the HER and OER. Even with a noble metal catalyst, the hydrogen evolution reaction can be limited by the strong M–H bonding over some metals, such as Pt, Pd, and Rh, inhibiting hydrogen desorption. H absorption is regulated by the potential at the metal nanoparticles. Through controlled periodic illumination of a Pt/TiO2 suspension, we hypothesized a fast variation of the photopotential that induced catalytic surface resonance on the metal, resulting in more than a 50% increase of the efficiency at frequencies higher than 80 Hz.