Authors: Caudillo-Flores, U; Ares-Dorado, A; Alonso-Nunez, G; Tudela, D; Fernandez-Garcia, M; Kubacka, A

Catal. Today. vol: 394. page: 0920-5861.
Date: jul-01. 2022.
Doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2021.06.028.

Carbon nitride based materials incorporating K and Na alkali ions were used as support(s) to deposit platinum. The systems were tested in the photo-production of hydrogen using methanol as a sacrificial molecule. Tests under UV and sunlight-type illumination conditions showed an important promoting effect of the alkali ions irrespective of the illumination source characteristics. The measurement of the quantum efficiency was used to quantitatively assess the performance of the catalysts. Outstanding results were obtained, particularly under sunlight illumination. A complete characterization study of the materials was carried out to establish a structureactivity link. This link correlates catalytic activity with the capture of charge carrier species by surface cyano groups directly associated with the presence of alkali ions at the carbon nitride component..