Carbon quantum dots (CQDs) were simply blended with platinum salts (K2PtCl4 and K2PtCl6) and converted into a hydrogen-evolution co-catalyst in situ, wherein Pt salts were dispersed on the surface of CQDs under photoirradiation of an aqueous solution of NADH (an electron and proton source) and 2-phenyl-4-(1-naphthyl)quinolinium ion (QuPh+-NA) employed as an organic photocatalyst. The co-catalyst (CQDs/Pt) exhibits similar catalytic reactivity in H2 evolution as that of pure Pt nanoparticles (PtNPs) although the Pt amount of CQDs/Pt was only 1/200 that of PtNPs previously reported. CQDs were able to capture the Pt salt acting as Pt supports. Meanwhile, CQDs act as electron reservoir, playing an important role to enhance electron transfer from QuPh+-NA to the Pt salt, which was confirmed by kinetic studies, XPS and HRTEM.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology|
|State||Published - 1 Nov 2015|