The research presented in this manuscript describes the development of photosensitized inexpensive catalysts based on readily available materials. The investigation covers synthesis and characterization of photosensitizers based on porphyrins, mechanical and thermal coating of solid support with semiconducting transition metal oxides, photosensitization of the semiconducting layer, and characterization of the photoelectrochemical properties displayed by the new materials. The process of water oxidation is of primary interest here, with little emphasis put on reduction of protons to gaseous hydrogen. Photoelectrochemically produced protons serve as a probe of effectiveness of the catalysts. Several systems are described, and two catalysts are identified as the most efficient.
Gajewski, M. P.; Crane, H. J.; and Nelson, M. W.
"Development of Heterogeneous Photosensitized Transition Metal Oxide Water-Splitting Catalysts on Silica Support,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 69
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol69/iss1/10