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H2 Generation by Cycling Dark Adsorption and Successive Photoinduced Desorption of 2-Mercaptopyridine on/from Ag-Core/Pt-Shell Nanoparticles Loaded on TiO2

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posted on 23.06.2000, 00:00 by Hiroaki Tada, Kazuaki Teranishi, Seishiro Ito, Hisayoshi Kobayashi, Susumu Kitagawa
Generation of H2 with liquid-phase adsorption of a thiol (2-mercaptopyridine, RSH) on transition metal surfaces has been confirmed for the first time. This reaction consists of photoinduced reduction of RS adsorbed on the metal to RSH and its re-adsorption during the subsequent dark process. Nearly perfect overcoating of nanometer-sized Ag particles with Pt by photodeposition (Pt-shell/Ag-core/TiO2) remarkably increases the rate of H2 production, and its reproducibility with cycle time is also much improved. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy has provided clear evidence for the S−H bond cleavage with adsorption of RSH on Ag and Pt-shell/Ag-core particles loaded on TiO2.