Immobilization of Molecular Catalysts for Enhanced Redox Catalysis

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In the homogenous phase, redox catalysts are often deactivated by bimolecular reactions. For example, the charge-separated state of photoredox catalysts decayed via bimolecular back electron transfer reactions between the charge-separated molecules to decrease the lifetimes of the catalytically active species. When photoredox catalysts are immobilized on solid supports, the lifetime of the charge-separated state was remarkably elongated to enhance the photocatalytic activity. Immobilization of photoredox catalysts on electrodes is required for photocurrent generation, leading to development of solar cells. Metal-oxygen intermediates, which are active for oxidation of various substrates including water oxidation, are also deactivated via bimolecular reactions to produce inactive forms such as dinuclear metal bis-μ-oxo complexes. Immobilization of metal complex catalysts on solid supports prohibits the bimolecular deactivation, enhancing the catalytic activity and stability. This Review focuses on recent development of immobilization of both organic and inorganic molecular catalysts on various supports for enhancement of the catalytic activity, selectivity and stability in thermal and photoinduced redox reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1686-1702
Number of pages17
Issue number8
StatePublished - 24 Apr 2018

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Funding Information:
The authors appreciate significant contributions of their collaborators and co-workers cited in the listed references, and support by a SENTAN project (to S.F.) from Japan Science and Technology Agency, a grant for scientific research from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (No. 16H02268 to S.F.), the NRF of Korea through CRI (NRF-2012R1A3A2048842 to W.N.), GRL (NRF-2010-00353 to W.N.), and also Basic Science Research Program (2017R1D1A1B03029982 to Y.M.L. and 2017R1D1A1B03032615 to S.F.).

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© 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • immobilization
  • metal complex catalyst
  • organic photocatalyst
  • reaction center models
  • redox catalysis


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