Water-stable, hydroxamate anchors for functionalization of TiO2 surfaces with ultrafast interfacial electron transfer

William R. McNamara, Rebecca L. Milot, Hee Eun Song, Robert C. Snoeberger, Victor S. Batista, Charles A. Schmuttenmaer, Gary W Brudvig, Robert H. Crabtree

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Abstract

A novel class of derivatized hydroxamic acid linkages for robust sensitization of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) under various aqueous conditions is described. The stability of linkages bound to metal oxides under various conditions is important in developing photocatalytic cells which incorporate transition metal complexes for solar energy conversion. In order to compare the standard carboxylate anchor to hydroxamates, two organic dyes differing only in anchoring groups were synthesized and attached to TiO 2 NPs. At acidic, basic, and close to neutral pH, hydroxamic acid linkages resist detachment compared to the labile carboxylic acids. THz spectroscopy was used to compare ultrafast interfacial electron transfer (IET) into the conduction band of TiO2 for both linkages and found similar IET characteristics. Observable electron injection and stronger binding suggest that hydroxamates are a suitable class of anchors for designing water stable molecules for functionalizing TiO2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-923
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Volume3
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Hydroxamic Acids
Anchors
anchor
Nanoparticles
electron
Electron injection
Acids
Electrons
Water
Coordination Complexes
Metal complexes
Carboxylic Acids
Conduction bands
Carboxylic acids
Energy conversion
Solar energy
Oxides
Transition metals
Coloring Agents
Dyes

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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McNamara, W. R., Milot, R. L., Song, H. E., Snoeberger, R. C., Batista, V. S., Schmuttenmaer, C. A., ... Crabtree, R. H. (2010). Water-stable, hydroxamate anchors for functionalization of TiO2 surfaces with ultrafast interfacial electron transfer. Energy and Environmental Science, 3(7), 917-923. https://doi.org/10.1039/c001065k

Water-stable, hydroxamate anchors for functionalization of TiO2 surfaces with ultrafast interfacial electron transfer. / McNamara, William R.; Milot, Rebecca L.; Song, Hee Eun; Snoeberger, Robert C.; Batista, Victor S.; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A.; Brudvig, Gary W; Crabtree, Robert H.

In: Energy and Environmental Science, Vol. 3, No. 7, 2010, p. 917-923.

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McNamara, WR, Milot, RL, Song, HE, Snoeberger, RC, Batista, VS, Schmuttenmaer, CA, Brudvig, GW & Crabtree, RH 2010, 'Water-stable, hydroxamate anchors for functionalization of TiO2 surfaces with ultrafast interfacial electron transfer', Energy and Environmental Science, vol. 3, no. 7, pp. 917-923. https://doi.org/10.1039/c001065k
McNamara, William R. ; Milot, Rebecca L. ; Song, Hee Eun ; Snoeberger, Robert C. ; Batista, Victor S. ; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A. ; Brudvig, Gary W ; Crabtree, Robert H. / Water-stable, hydroxamate anchors for functionalization of TiO2 surfaces with ultrafast interfacial electron transfer. In: Energy and Environmental Science. 2010 ; Vol. 3, No. 7. pp. 917-923.
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