Here we report that a Cu2+-seamed coordination nanocapsule can serve as an efficient semiconductor photocatalyst for molecular oxygen activation. This capsule was constructed through a redox reaction facilitated self-assembly of cuprous bromide and C-pentyl-pyrogallolarene. Photophysical and electrochemical studies revealed its strong visible-light absorption and photocurrent polarity switching effect. This novel molecular solid material is capable of activating molecular oxygen into reactive oxygen species under simulated sunlight irradiation. The oxygen activation process has been exploited for catalyzing aerobic oxidation reactions. The present work provides new insights into designing nonporous discrete metal–organic supramolecular assemblies for solar-driven molecular oxygen activation.
|Number of pages||6|
|Early online date||21 Mar 2023|
|Publication status||Published - 7 May 2023|