Red-Light-Mediated Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution by Hole Transfer from Non-Fullerene Acceptor Y6

Jessica M. De La Perrelle, Andrew Dolan, Emily R. Milsom, Thomas D. Small, Gregory F. Metha, Xun Pan, Mats R. Andersson, David M. Huang, Tak W. Kee

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We report the use of blend nanoparticles (NPs) of the organic semiconductors PM6 and Y6 for the photocatalytic production of hydrogen under sacrificial conditions, with a 2% mass loading of Pt cocatalyst. When prepared using TEBS, a thiophene-containing surfactant, these blend NPs have a desirable intermixed morphology. Under ≈1-sun illumination from 400 to 900 nm, hydrogen is produced at a rate of 8000 ± 400 μmol h-1 g-1. Remarkably, this rate remains high at 5200 ± 300 μmol h-1 g-1 under 650 to 900 nm excitation, where Y6 is exclusively excited, generating free charges by hole transfer from Y6 to PM6. The rate drops to 2400 ± 200 μmol h-1 g-1 under 400 to 600 nm excitation, where PM6 is preferentially excited and free charges are generated through electron transfer. We also show that the external quantum efficiency is wavelength-independent. This work is the first study to show that free charge generation through hole transfer contributes significantly to hydrogen evolution in a donor:acceptor blend.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14518-14528
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number34
Early online date23 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022


  • Absorption
  • Fluorescence
  • Hole transfer
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Sodium dodecyl sulfate


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