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World Journal of Chemical Education. 2021, 9(4), 190-196
DOI: 10.12691/wjce-9-4-12
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Hydrogen Evolution Reaction with Sunlight for School Chemistry Education

Malte Petersen1, Paul Worliczek1, Johannes B. Max2, Afshin Nabiyan2, Manuel Wejner1, Jonas Eichhorn2, Carsten Streb3, Felix H. Schacher2 and Timm Wilke1,

1Chemistry Didactics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

2Institute for Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

3Institute of Inorganic Chemistry I, Ulm University, Germany

Pub. Date: November 28, 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photoprocesses in Chemical Education)

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Malte Petersen, Paul Worliczek, Johannes B. Max, Afshin Nabiyan, Manuel Wejner, Jonas Eichhorn, Carsten Streb, Felix H. Schacher and Timm Wilke. Hydrogen Evolution Reaction with Sunlight for School Chemistry Education. World Journal of Chemical Education. 2021; 9(4):190-196. doi: 10.12691/wjce-9-4-12


In current research, molecular light-driven catalytic units are linked to hierarchically structured soft matter matrices and used to convert solar radiation into chemical reactivity for photocatalytic water splitting. This article describes the development of a simplified hydrogen evolution reaction that transfers selected results to the student laboratory in a phenomenon-oriented manner. For this purpose, a photocatalytically active system - consisting of the catalyst titanium dioxide, the dye Eosin Y and the electron donor triethanolamine - is combined with two polymers as suitable matrices. A newly developed, low-cost hydrogen detector is used to quantify the hydrogen concentration.

photocatalysis hydrogen evolution reaction photochemistry low-cost detection water splitting

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