Efficient photocatalytic Suzuki cross-coupling reactions on Au-Pd alloy nanoparticles under visible light irradiation

Xiao, Qi, Sarina, Sarina, Jaatinen, Esa, Jia, Jianfeng, Arnold, Dennis P., Liu, Hongwei, & Zhu, Huaiyong (2014) Efficient photocatalytic Suzuki cross-coupling reactions on Au-Pd alloy nanoparticles under visible light irradiation. Green Chemistry, 16(9), pp. 4272-4285.

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We report herein highly efficient photocatalysts comprising supported nanoparticles (NPs) of gold (Au) and palladium (Pd) alloys, which utilize visible light to catalyse the Suzuki cross-coupling reactions at ambient temperature. The alloy NPs strongly absorb visible light, energizing the conduction electrons of NPs which produce highly energetic electrons at the surface sites. The surface of the energized NPs activates the substrates and these particles exhibit good activity on a range of typical Suzuki reaction combinations. The photocatalytic efficiencies strongly depend on the Au:Pd ratio of the alloy NPs, irradiation light intensity and wavelength. The results show that the alloy nanoparticles efficiently couple thermal and photonic energy sources to drive Suzuki reactions. Results of the density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicate that transfer of the light-excited electrons from the nanoparticle surface to the reactant molecules adsorbed on the nanoparticle surface activates the reactants. The knowledge acquired in this study may inspire further studies of new efficient photocatalysts and a wide range of organic syntheses driven by sunlight.

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ID Code: 88793
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1039/C4GC00588K
ISSN: 1463-9262
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2015 01:50
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 01:51

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