Porous-Hybrid Polymers as Platforms for Heterogeneous Photochemical Catalysis

Rana R. Haikal, Xia Wang, Youssef S. Hassan, Manas R. Parida, Murali Banavoth, Omar F. Mohammed, Perry J. Pellechia, Marc Fontecave, Mohamed H. Alkordi

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A number of permanently porous polymers containing Ru(bpy)n photosensitizer or a cobaloxime complex, as a proton-reduction catalyst, were constructed via one-pot Sonogashira-Hagihara (SH) cross-coupling reactions. This process required minimal workup to access porous platforms with control over the apparent surface area, pore volume, and chemical functionality from suitable molecular building blocks (MBBs) containing the Ru or Co complexes, as rigid and multi-topic nodes. The cobaloxime molecular building block, generated through in situ metalation, afforded a microporous solid that demonstrated noticeable catalytic activity towards hydrogen-evolution reaction (HER) with remarkable recyclability. We further demonstrated, in two cases, the ability to affect the excited state lifetime of the covalently-immobilized Ru(bpy)3 complex attained through deliberate utilization of the organic linkers of variable dimensions. Overall, this approach facilitates construction of tunable porous solids, with hybrid composition and pronounced chemical and physical stability, based on the well-known Ru(bpy)nor the cobaloxime complexes.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19994-20002
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number31
StatePublished - Jul 28 2016

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The authors acknowledge the Egyptian Science and Technology
Development Fund (STDF-6125) and Zewail City of Science
and Technology Startup fund. We acknowledge financial
support from the Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Research
University and from Foundation de l’Orangerie for individual
Philanthropy and its donors.


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