Building an Iron Chromophore Incorporating Prussian Blue Analogue for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation

Ghobadi T. G. U., Ghobadi A., Demirtas M., BÜYÜKTEMİZ M., Ozvural K. N., YILDIZ E., ...More

CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, vol.27, no.35, pp.8966-8976, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 35
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/chem.202100654
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Applied Science & Technology Source, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Chimica, Compendex, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.8966-8976
  • Keywords: cyanide chemistry, dye sensitization, iron chromophore, pentacyanoiron, photoelectrochemistry, Prussian blue, INITIO MOLECULAR-DYNAMICS, TOTAL-ENERGY CALCULATIONS, CHARGE-TRANSFER, ELECTRONIC-PROPERTIES, FE-II, METAL, COMPLEXES, LIGHT, TRANSITION, TIO2
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The replacement of traditional ruthenium-based photosensitizers with low-cost and abundant iron analogs is a key step for the advancement of scalable and sustainable dye-sensitized water splitting cells. In this proof-of-concept study, a pyridinium ligand coordinated pentacyanoferrate(II) chromophore is used to construct a cyanide-based CoFe extended bulk framework, in which the iron photosensitizer units are connected to cobalt water oxidation catalytic sites through cyanide linkers. The iron-sensitized photoanode exhibits exceptional stability for at least 5 h at pH 7 and features its photosensitizing ability with an incident photon-to-current conversion capacity up to 500 nm with nanosecond scale excited state lifetime. Ultrafast transient absorption and computational studies reveal that iron and cobalt sites mutually support each other for charge separation via short bridging cyanide groups and for injection to the semiconductor in our proof-of-concept photoelectrochemical device. The reorganization of the excited states due to the mixing of electronic states of metal-based orbitals subsequently tailor the electron transfer cascade during the photoelectrochemical process. This breakthrough in chromophore-catalyst assemblies will spark interest in dye-sensitization with robust bulk systems for photoconversion applications.