Using solar radiation to fuel catalytic processes is often regarded as the solution to our energy needs. However, developing effective photocatalysts that are active under visible light has proven to be difficult, often due to the toxicity, instability, and high cost of suitable catalysts. We engineered a novel photoactive nanomaterial obtained by the spontaneous electrostatic coupling of carbon nanodots with [P2W18O62]6-, a molecular catalyst belonging to the class of polyoxometalates. While the former are used as photosensitizers, the latter was chosen for its ability to catalyze reductive reactions such as dye decomposition and water splitting. We find the electron transfer within the nanohybrid to be so efficient that a charge-separated state is formed within 120 fs from photon absorption. These results are a cornerstone in the engineering of a new class of nanodevices, which are nontoxic, are inexpensive, and can carry out solar-driven catalytic processes.
|Numero di pagine||6|
|Rivista||THE JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2020|
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