Light-activated tandem catalysis driven by multicomponent nanomaterials

Elsayed M. Zahran, Nicholas M. Bedford, Michelle A. Nguyen, Yao Jen Chang, Beth S. Guiton, Rajesh R. Naik, Leonidas G. Bachas, Marc R. Knecht

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Transitioning energy-intensive and environmentally intensive processes toward sustainable conditions is necessary in light of the current global condition. To this end, photocatalytic processes represent new approaches for H2 generation; however, their application toward tandem catalytic reactivity remains challenging. Here, we demonstrate that metal oxide materials decorated with noble metal nanoparticles advance visible light photocatalytic activity toward new reactions not typically driven by light. For this, Pd nanoparticles were deposited onto Cu2O cubes to generate a composite structure. Once characterized, their hydrodehalogenation activity was studied via the reductive dechlorination of polychlorinated biphenyls. To this end, tandem catalytic reactivity was observed with H2 generation via H2O reduction at the Cu2O surface, followed by dehalogenation at the Pd using the in situ generated H2. Such results present methods to achieve sustainable catalytic technologies by advancing photocatalytic approaches toward new reaction systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-35
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 8 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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