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Photo-driven synthesis of polymer-coated platinized ZnO nanoparticles with enhanced photoelectrochemical charge transportation

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Toe, CY and Tan, HL and Boyer, C and Rawal, A and Thickett, SC and Scott, J and Amal, R and Ng, YH, Photo-driven synthesis of polymer-coated platinized ZnO nanoparticles with enhanced photoelectrochemical charge transportation, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5, (9) pp. 4568-4575. ISSN 2050-7488 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry

DOI: doi:10.1039/c6ta10665j

Abstract

Incorporation of both metal nanoparticles and a polymer layer is proposed to benefit charge transport in a semiconductor in the absence of electron and hole scavengers. Therefore in this work, zinc oxide is deposited with platinum metal and a layer of polymeric species via a photocatalytic route: platinum cation photoreduction and phenol photooxidative polymerization which utilize photogenerated electrons and holes of ZnO, respectively. The photoelectrochemical performances of these photocatalysts follow the order of Poly/Pt/ZnO > Pt/ZnO > bare ZnO, revealing the effectiveness of both the platinum and polymer in enhancing charge separation within ZnO. Although platinum is known to be an excellent electron sink for promoting electron transfer, the performance of Pt/ZnO was limited by the transport of holes to the ZnO surface for oxidation reactions. Thus, the polymer layer plays an important role in facilitating hole transport, resulting in the enhanced performance of Poly/Pt/ZnO.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nanoparticles, zinc oxide, catalysis, photoelectrochemistry, polymer coating
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Research Field:Catalysis and Mechanisms of Reactions
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
Author:Thickett, SC (Dr Stuart Thickett)
ID Code:115110
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2017-03-08
Last Modified:2017-11-15
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