Efficient water oxidation at carbon nanotubeg-polyoxometalate electrocatalytic interfaces

Francesca M. Toma, Andrea Sartorel, Matteo Iurlo, Mauro Carraro, Pietro Parisse, Chiara MacCato, Stefania Rapino, Benito Rodriguez Gonzalez, Heinz Amenitsch, Tatiana Da Ros, Loredana Casalis, Andrea Goldoni, Massimo Marcaccio, Gianfranco Scorrano, Giacinto Scoles, Francesco Paolucci, Maurizio Prato*, Marcella Bonchio

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Water is the renewable, bulk chemical that nature uses to enable carbohydrate production from carbon dioxide. The dream goal of energy research is to transpose this incredibly efficient process and make an artificial device whereby the catalytic splitting of water is finalized to give a continuous production of oxygen and hydrogen. Success in this task would guarantee the generation of hydrogen as a carbon-free fuel to satisfy our energy demands at no environmental cost. Here we show that very efficient and stable nanostructured, oxygen-evolving anodes are obtained by the assembly of an oxygen-evolving polyoxometalate cluster (a totally inorganic ruthenium catalyst) with a conducting bed of multiwalled carbon nanotubes. Our bioinspired electrode addresses the one major challenge of artificial photosynthesis, namely efficient water oxidation, which brings us closer to being able to power the planet with carbon-free fuels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-831
Number of pages6
JournalNature Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science


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