Photocatalytic CO2 reduction with aminoanthraquinone organic dyes

Nat Commun. 2023 Feb 25;14(1):1087. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-36784-7.


The direct utilization of solar energy to convert CO2 into renewable chemicals remains a challenge. One essential difficulty is the development of efficient and inexpensive light-absorbers. Here we show a series of aminoanthraquinone organic dyes to promote the efficiency for visible light-driven CO2 reduction to CO when coupled with an Fe porphyrin catalyst. Importantly, high turnover numbers can be obtained for both the photosensitizer and the catalyst, which has not been achieved in current light-driven systems. Structure-function study performed with substituents having distinct electronic effects reveals that the built-in donor-acceptor property of the photosensitizer significantly promotes the photocatalytic activity. We anticipate this study gives insight into the continued development of advanced photocatalysts for solar energy conversion.

PMID:36841825 | PMC:PMC9968311 | DOI:10.1038/s41467-023-36784-7


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