Self-Assembled Bilayers as an Anchoring Strategy: Catalysts, Chromophores, and Chromophore-Catalyst Assemblies

Lei Wang, Dmitry Polyansky, Javier J. Concepcion

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Abstract

Anchoring strategies for immobilization of molecular catalysts, chromophores, and chromophore-catalyst assemblies on electrode surfaces play an important role in solar energy conversion devices such as dye-sensitized solar cells and dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells. They are also important in interfacial studies with surface-bound molecules including electron-transfer dynamics and mechanistic studies related to small molecule activation catalysis. Significant progress has been made in this area, but many challenges remain in terms of stability, synthetic complexity, and versatility. We report here a new anchoring strategy based on self-assembled bilayers. This strategy takes advantage of noncovalent interactions between long alkyl chains chemically bound to a metal-oxide electrode surface and long alkyl chains on the molecule being anchored. The new methodology is applicable to the heterogenization of both catalysts and chromophores as well as to the in situ "synthesis" of chromophore-catalyst assemblies on the electrode surface.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
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Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

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Chromophores
Electrodes
Catalysts
Coloring Agents
Solar Energy
Molecules
Catalysis
Immobilization
Oxides
Metals
Energy conversion
Electrons
Solar energy
Equipment and Supplies
Dyes
Chemical activation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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