The chemical functionalization of 2D exfoliated black phosphorus (2D BP) continues to attract great interest, although a satisfactory structural characterization of the functionalized material has seldom been achieved. Herein, we provide the first complete structural characterization of 2D BP functionalized with rare discrete Pd2units, obtained through a mild decomposition of the organometallic dimeric precursor [Pd(η3-C3H5)Cl]2. A multitechnique approach, including HAADF-STEM, solid-state NMR, XPS, and XAS, was used to study in detail the morphology of the palladated nanosheets (Pd2/BP) and to unravel the coordination of Pd2units to phosphorus atoms of 2D BP. In particular, XAS, backed up by DFT modeling, revealed the existence of unprecedented interlayer Pd-Pd units, sandwiched between stacked BP layers. The preliminary application of Pd2/BP as a catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in acidic medium highlighted an activity increase due to the presence of Pd2units.

Interlayer Coordination of Pd-Pd Units in Exfoliated Black Phosphorus

Geppi M.;
2021-01-01

Abstract

The chemical functionalization of 2D exfoliated black phosphorus (2D BP) continues to attract great interest, although a satisfactory structural characterization of the functionalized material has seldom been achieved. Herein, we provide the first complete structural characterization of 2D BP functionalized with rare discrete Pd2units, obtained through a mild decomposition of the organometallic dimeric precursor [Pd(η3-C3H5)Cl]2. A multitechnique approach, including HAADF-STEM, solid-state NMR, XPS, and XAS, was used to study in detail the morphology of the palladated nanosheets (Pd2/BP) and to unravel the coordination of Pd2units to phosphorus atoms of 2D BP. In particular, XAS, backed up by DFT modeling, revealed the existence of unprecedented interlayer Pd-Pd units, sandwiched between stacked BP layers. The preliminary application of Pd2/BP as a catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in acidic medium highlighted an activity increase due to the presence of Pd2units.
2021
Vanni, M.; Bellini, M.; Borsacchi, S.; Calucci, L.; Caporali, M.; Caporali, S.; D'Acapito, F.; Geppi, M.; Giaccherini, A.; Ienco, A.; Manca, G.; Mio, A. M.; Nicotra, G.; Oberhauser, W.; Serrano-Ruiz, M.; Banchelli, M.; Vizza, F.; Peruzzini, M.
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