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Photochemical and electrocatalytic water oxidation activity of cobalt carbodiimide

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2015
Author Ressnig Debora, Shalom Menny, Patscheider Jörg, Moré René, Evangelisti Fabio, Antonietti Markus, Patzke Greta R,
Project Homogeneous photocatalytic water splitting
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal J. Mater. Chem. A,
Volume (Issue) 3(9)
Page(s) 5072 - 5082
Title of proceedings J. Mater. Chem. A,
DOI 10.1039/C5TA00369E


Cobalt carbodiimide is introduced as a heterogeneous non-oxidic water oxidation catalyst prototype with dual photochemical and electrocatalytic activity in neutral and basic media. CoNCN exhibits higher initial turnover frequencies of (TOF/SBET: 2.1 × 10−1) for visible-light-driven oxygen evolution than cobalt oxide catalysts (TOF/SBET: 3.5 × 10−3) and a 18% higher oxygen yield (Ru-dye sensitized standard setup). Furthermore, CoNCN maintains stable current densities in electrolysis over 20 h, and structural tuning through cationic substitution revealed that mixed (Co, Ni)NCN catalysts with low Ni contents display higher current densities than pristine CoNCN. A wide range of bulk (XAFS/EXAFS, XRD, FTIR) and surface (XPS, EELS, HRTEM) analytical methods together with catalytic parameter variations and reference experiments were performed to confirm the stability of CoNCN under standard operational conditions. The carbodiimide matrix thus offers a straightforward structural alternative to oxide systems and a clear-cut starting point for optimization strategies and for mechanistic studies on the possible role of active carbon or nitrogen sites. This paves the way to metal carbodiimides as a novel catalyst design platform for heterogeneous energy conversion systems.