The Effect of Residual Palladium Catalyst Contamination on the Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution Activity of Conjugated Polymers

Jan Kosco, Michael Sachs, Robert Godin, Mindaugas Kirkus, Laia Francas, Matthew Bidwell, Muhammad Qureshi, Dalaver H. Anjum, James R. Durrant, Iain McCulloch

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The effect of residual Pd on hydrogen evolution activity in conjugated polymer photocatalytic systems is systematically investigated using colloidal poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) nanoparticles as a model system. Residual Pd, originating from the synthesis of F8BT via Pd catalyzed polycondensation polymerization, is observed in the form of homogeneously distributed Pd nanoparticles within the polymer. Residual Pd is essential for any hydrogen evolution to be observed from this polymer, and very low Pd concentrations (
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1802181
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Issue number34
StatePublished - Oct 16 2018

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