Organic donor-acceptor chromophore-catalyst assembly for solar fuels
Hollett, Joshua Stuart
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In this thesis, a novel chromophore-catalyst molecular assembly is synthesized in the pursuit of affecting rapid water oxidation driven by light. The compound is inspired by previous work done in the lab of John R. Reynolds by Toan V. Pho in making a covalently attached all donor organic chromophore-catalyst assembly; as well as, the work of Thomas J. Meyer in utilizing covalently attached inorganic chromophore-catalyst assemblies based on ruthenium. The impact of the thesis work revolves around the broader ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) profile of the conjugated donor-acceptor chromophore described herein coupled with the promising current generating insights of a similar chromophore previously synthesized by Romain Stalder, in the Reynolds group, for use in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).1 The photocurrent response and water oxidation experiments remain to be completed, and will be done by collaborators at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.