Designing Bimetallic Co-Catalysts: A Party of Two

Eran Aronovitch, Philip Kalisman, Shai Mangel, Lothar Houben, Lilac Amirav, Maya Bar-Sadan

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The enhanced catalytic properties of bimetallic particles has made them the focus of extensive research. We compare the photocatalytic activity for hydrogen production of core-shell structures of AuPd and Au(Au/Pd alloy) on seeded rods of CdSe@CdS and show that Au@alloy was superior toward hydrogen production. Our finding reveals that the promotion effects of Au in Pd originate both from the alteration of the electronic structure by the Au core as well as by the atomic rearrangement of the surface. Long-term monitoring of the activity of the photocatalysts offered insights into the dynamic processes during the illumination showing that the tip morphology influenced the stability of the hybrid structures. The Au core served as a physical barrier, protecting the CdS rod against cation exchange reactions with the Pd. The coupling of these factors to achieve synergistic effects is therefore a prime aspect in the rational design of efficient cocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3760-3764
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 17 Sep 2015


  • Au
  • Pd
  • bimetallic
  • catalyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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