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Water Splitting via Decoupled Photocatalytic Water Oxidation and Electrochemical Proton Reduction Mediated by Electron-Coupled-Proton Buffer

Water Splitting via Decoupled Photocatalytic Water Oxidation and Electrochemical Proton Reduction Mediated by Electron-Coupled-Proton Buffer
Licheng Sun, Yong Wang, Yong Zhu, Fei Li, Xiaona Li, Fengshou Yu, Jian Du
Water splitting mediated by electron-coupled-proton buffer (ECPB) provides an efficient way to avoid gas mixing by separating oxygen evolution from hydrogen evolution in space and time. Though electrochemical and photoelectrochemcial water oxidation have been incorporated in such a two-step water splitting system, alternative ways to reduce the cost and energy input for decoupling two half-reactions are desired. Herein, we show the feasibility of photocatalytic oxygen evolution in a powder system with BiVO4 as a photocatalyst and polyoxometalate H3PMo12O40 as an electron and proton acceptor. The resulting reaction mixture was allowed to be directly used for the subsequent hydrogen evolution with the reduced H3PMo12O40 as electron and proton donors. Our system exhibits excellent stability in repeated oxygen and hydrogen evolution, which brings considerable convenience to decoupled water splitting. Space and time separation: Photocatalytic water oxidation and electrochemical proton reduction were mediated by electron-coupled-proton buffer, providing an efficient way to avoid gas mixing by separating oxygen evolution from hydrogen evolution in space and time.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/asia.201701123

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