Co-porphyrin/carbon nitride hybrids for improved photocatalytic CO2 reduction under visible light

Guixia Zhao, Hong Pang, Guigao Liu, Peng Li, Huimin Liu, Huabin Zhang, Li Shi, Jinhua Ye

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A covalently linked reaction center/antenna hybrid composed of Co-porphyrin and low-molecular-weight carbon nitride was developed for the reduction of CO2 into CO under visible light for the first time. The hybrids possessed thirteen-fold higher photocatalytic activity (17 μmol/g/h) compared with bulk carbon nitride, and it is more than twice what it was in the Co-porphyrin loaded C3N4 heterojunction system. The efficient electron transfer and trapping by the Co active sites as well as the affinity of Co-porphyrin for CO2 are considered to account for the enhanced activity. Our findings may open a promising route to modify carbon nitride and provide a feasible approach to immobilize the active site into the light-harvest antenna for efficient electron-hole separation, electron transferring and the following redox reaction in photocatalytic process, which reforms the conventional semiconductor-cocatalyst heterojunction system.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-149
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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