Journal Article Effect of the chloride ion as a hole scavenger on the photocatalytic conversion of CO2 in an aqueous solution over Ni-Al layered double hydroxides.

Iguchi, Shoji  ,  Teramura, Kentaro  ,  Hosokawa, Saburo  ,  Tanaka, Tsunehiro

17 ( 27 )  , pp.17995 - 18003 , 2015-06-12 , Royal Society of Chemistry
The photocatalytic conversion of CO2 into useful chemical compounds in water without using organic sacrificial reagents is a promising method to overcome environmental and energy problems. Various synthesized layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are capable of reducing CO2 to CO in an aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. However, it is difficult to oxidize H2O to O2 in a photocatalytic system using LDHs as photocatalysts. In this study, we investigated the photocatalytic conversion of CO2 using a Ni-Al LDH in an aqueous solution of NaCl. Hypochlorous acid (HClO) was produced as an oxidation product of Cl(-) with the formation of reduction products such as CO and H2 under photoirradiation. We propose the inclusion of Cl(-) in the reaction solution to be one of the most promising ways for obtaining a hole scavenger, an approach that would enable the construction of an artificial photosynthesis system for the conversion of CO2.

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