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A Carbon Nitride/Fe Quaterpyridine Catalytic System for Photostimulated CO2‑to-CO Conversion with Visible Light

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posted on 11.06.2018 by Claudio Cometto, Ryo Kuriki, Lingjing Chen, Kazuhiko Maeda, Tai-Chu Lau, Osamu Ishitani, Marc Robert
Efficient and selective photostimulated CO2-to-CO reduction by a photocatalytic system consisting of an iron-complex catalyst and a mesoporous graphitic carbon nitride (mpg-C3N4) redox photosensitizer is reported for the first time. Irradiation in the visible region (λ ≥ 400 nm) of an CH3CN/triethanolamine (4:1, v/v) solution containing [Fe­(qpy)­(H2O)2]2+ (qpy = 2,2′:6′,2′′:6′′,2′′-quaterpyridine) and mpg-C3N4 resulted in CO evolution with 97% selectivity, a turnover number of 155, and an apparent quantum yield of ca. 4.2%. This hybrid catalytic system, comprising only earth abundant elements, opens new perspectives for solar fuels production using CO2 as a renewable feedstock.