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Nickel–Thiolate Complex Catalyst Assembled in One Step in Water for Solar H2 Production

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posted on 22.02.2016, 10:38 by Wei Zhang, Jindui Hong, Jianwei Zheng, Zhiyan Huang, Jianrong (Steve) Zhou, Rong Xu
We report the use of a simple complex assembled from Ni­(II) salt and 2-mecaptoethanol in one step in water as the efficient catalyst in a molecular hydrogen system which can be sensitized by a low-cost xanthene dye, Erythrosin B. An excellent quantum efficiency of 24.5% is attained at 460 nm. This simple system is expected to contribute toward the development of economical and environmentally benign solar hydrogen production systems.