A Ru-Hbpp-based water-oxidation catalyst anchored on rutile TiO2

Laia Francás, Xavier Sala, Jordi Benet-Buchholz, Lluís Escriche, Antoni Llobet

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Two organic ligands based on bis-(2-pyridyl)pyrazole (Hbpp) functionalized with a para-methylenebenzoic acid (Hbpp-Ra) or its ester derivative (Hbpp-Re) were prepared and characterized. The ester-functionalized ligand was then used to prepare a series of related dinuclear ruthenium complexes of general formula [Ru2II(L-L)(bpp-Rn)(trpy)2]m+ (L-L=μ-Cl, μ-acetato, or (H2O)2 ; n=e or a; trpy=2,2′:6′,2"-terpyridine; m=2 or 3). The complexes were characterized in solution by 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and electrochemical techniques. The [Ru2II(μ-Cl)(bpp-Re)(trpy)2](PF6)2 complex was further characterized in the solid state by X-ray diffraction. The complexes containing the free carboxylic acid ligand were anchored onto rutile TiO2 and treated with 0.1 M triflic acid solution to generate the homologous water-oxidation catalysts TiO2-[Ru2II(H2O)2(bpp-Ra)(trpy)2]2+. This new hybrid material catalytically oxidizes water to molecular oxygen in a heterogeneous manner using CeIV as chemical oxidant. The generation of molecular oxygen is accompanied by the formation of carbon dioxide as well as some leaching of the Ru catalyst. © 2009 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-329
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2009


  • Organic-inorganic hybrid composites
  • Redox chemistry
  • Ruthenium
  • Supported catalysts
  • Water splitting

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