Time: 24th May, 2019, 10:00 am
Venue: No.2 Conference Room, Conference Center
Lecturer: Dr R. Sebastian Sprick, Department of Chemistry and Materials Innovation Factory, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Photocatalytic hydrogen production from water is a research area of immense interest as hydrogen has been identified as a potential energy carrier of the future. Most of the studied photocatalysts are inorganic and organic materials have been far less studied, with the exception of carbon nitride materials. Here, I will present our work on the application of conjugated microporous polymers (CMPs), unbranched conjugated polymers, and covalent organic frameworks (COFs) as photocatalysts for hydrogen production from water. All photocatalysts were made from organic building blocks at low temperatures which allows for good control of their properties. I will discuss synthetic approaches in tuning of their light absorption and band alignment, crystallinity, particle size and wettability for improved photocatalytic activity.
Understanding of these systems was gained using transient absorption spectroscopy monitoring the temporal evolution of photogenerated reaction intermediates on slow and ultrafast timescales. This allowed us to draw a comprehensive picture of the processes that take place upon photoexcitation and to correlate the anion transient signal with the activity of the respective polymer. Furthermore, we used quasi-elastic neutron scattering to study water within the pores of CMP photocatalysts. We recently used automation to produce a large set of polymer photocatalysts that were studied for their performance. The data was then coupled with machine learning and we explored underlying factors beyond the ones previously considered by us in photocatalysis.
Dr R. Sebastian Sprick，Group Leader, Materials Innovation Factory, University of Liverpool, U. K. He received his Ph.D. from University of Manchester, U. K in 2013 with Prof. M.L. Turner as supervisor. During 2013 to 2015, he was a postdoctoral research associate at University of Liverpool, U. K. In 2015 he joined University of Liverpool, U. K. He works as the leading researcher in photocatalysis using conjugated polymers. His group has official co-supervisor of 9 PhD students and 3 PDRAs. His research interest focuses on Polymer chemistry, conjugated polymers, porous conjugated polymers, photocatalysis, application of polymers.
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