[Time changed] Seminar: "Conjugated polymers as photocatalysts for solar fuels generation" by Dr. Sebastian Sprick, University of Strathclyde


Tuesday, August 15, 2023 - 11:00 to 12:00




Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry
University of Strathclyde
Photocatalytic hydrogen production from water is a research area of immense interest. Most of the studied photocatalysts are inorganic and organic materials have been far less studied. Here, I will present our work on the application of conjugated materials as photocatalysts for sacrificial hydrogen production from water.1,2

Figure 1: Approach used in the design and synthesis of polymer photocatalysts.

We have used a range of different techniques that helped us to gain understanding of the properties that are important for the materials performance, including transient absorption spectroscopy.3-5 Sacrificial water oxidation,6 non-sacrificial overall water splitting,7,8 and carbon dioxide reduction, were also studied which showcases the potential of these materials for the future.

[1]   Sprick et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 3265.
[2]   Sprick et al. Chem. Mater. 2019, 31, 305.
  1. Sachs et al. Nat. Commun. 2018, 9, 4968
  2. Woods et al. Energy Environ. Sci. 2020, 13, 1843.
  3. Hillman et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 19382.
  4. Sprick et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 132, 18854.
  5. Bai et al. J. Mater. Chem. A 2020, 8, 16283.
  6. Bai et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202201299. 


Host: Christine Luscombe Unit. Dr. Sprick will be visiting OIST from August 14th to 16th, 2023.  If you would like to meet with him, please contact Midori Tanahara <e-mail: midori.tanahara [at] oist.jp>.

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