Authors: Fontelles-Carceller, O; Munoz-Batista, MJ; Conesa, JC; Kubacka, A; Fernandez-Garcia, M

Mol. Catal.. vol: 446. page: 2468-8231.
Date: FEB. 2018.
Doi: 10.1016/j.mcat.2017.12.023.

In this work we analyzed the photo-production of hydrogen using titania-based systems able to profit from UV and visible light photons. For this purpose, we prepared Niobium-doped titania and a titania reference by a microemulsion method, subjected these oxide precursors to calcination and subsequently introduced Pt as co-catalyst by a chemical reduction method. These materials were characterized in terms of the structural and morphological properties of the oxide and metal phases. Using these materials, we measured the reaction rate and quantum efficiency of the hydrogen photo-production using methanol, ethanol, and 2-propanol as sacrificial agents. Significant activity enhancement was observed in the Niobium-doped material with respect to the titania reference material. The study focuses on interpreting the differences presented (between the two samples) among the three alcohols in the hydrogen yield and provides a physico-chemical study to understand the roots of the activity. Such study was mainly based on the analysis of the reaction mechanism using in-situ infrared spectroscopy together with the analysis of the energetics of the reaction taking into account the fate of the sacrificial alcohol during reaction. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved..