Photocatalytic water reduction with copper-based photosensitizers: A noble-metal-free system

Shu Ping Luo, Mejía Esteban Mejía, Aleksej Friedrich, Alexandra Pazidis, Henrik Junge, Annette Enrica Surkus, Ralf Jackstell, Stefania Denurra, Serafino Gladiali, Stefan Lochbrunner, Matthias Beller

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Of noble descent: A fully noble-metal-free system for the photocatalytic reduction of water at room temperature has been developed. This system consists of CuI complexes as photosensitizers and [Fe3(CO) 12] as the water-reduction catalyst. The novel Cu-based photosensitizers are relatively inexpensive, readily available from commercial sources, and stable to ambient conditions, thus making them an attractive alternative to the widely used noble-metal based systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-423
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Copper
  • Hydrogen
  • Photochemistry
  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Water splitting


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