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Bellardita, M., Garlisi, C., Ozer, L. Y., Venezia, A. M., Sá, J., Mamedov, F., . . . Palmisano, G. (2020). Highly stable defective TiO2-x with tuned exposed facets induced by fluorine: Impact of surface and bulk properties on selective UV/visible alcohol photo-oxidation. Applied Surface Science, 510, Article ID 145419.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Highly stable defective TiO2-x with tuned exposed facets induced by fluorine: Impact of surface and bulk properties on selective UV/visible alcohol photo-oxidation
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2020 (English)In: Applied Surface Science, ISSN 0169-4332, E-ISSN 1873-5584, Vol. 510, article id 145419Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Titanium dioxide samples were prepared in the presence of different amounts of fluorine via hydrothermal method. It has been found that the presence of fluoride influenced the physico-chemical properties of TiO2 in various ways as polymorphic form stability, surface hydroxylation, generation of hydroxyl radicals under irradiation and formation of Ti3+ centers and oxygen vacancies. The generation rate of (OH)-O-center dot radicals was investigated by the photoluminescence technique in the presence of terephthalic acid. X-ray diffractometry indicated that fluorine stabilized the anatase TiO2. X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed the presence of fluorine on the surface and the shift of the valence band edge towards less negative potentials, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) confirmed the formation of Ti3+ in the bulk of the photocatalysts, UV-vis spectra showed the extension of the TiO2 photo-response in the visible light region. 2-Propanol degradation and 4-methoxybenzyl alcohol partial oxidation were studied as probe reactions by using the home prepared powders as photocatalysts. Surprisingly, the photocatalytic activity resulted to be mainly affected by (OH)-O-center dot radicals formation ability under irradiation, rather than by the presence of {0 0 1} facets, although it cannot be excluded that the latter could influence the ability to form radicals under irradiation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ELSEVIER, 2020
Keywords
Titanium dioxide (TiO2), TiO2 facets, Fluorine effects, Structural and morphological TiO2 control, 2-Propanol and 4-Methoxybenzyl alcohol photo-oxidations, (OH)-O-center dot radicals generation rate
National Category
Materials Chemistry Physical Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-407630 (URN)10.1016/j.apsusc.2020.145419 (DOI)000514902000046 ()
Available from: 2020-03-31 Created: 2020-03-31 Last updated: 2020-03-31Bibliographically approved
Blachucki, W., Czapla-Masztafiak, J., Sá, J. & Szlachetko, J. (2019). A laboratory-based double X-ray spectrometer for simultaneous X-ray emission and X-ray absorption studies. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 34(7), 1409-1415
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A laboratory-based double X-ray spectrometer for simultaneous X-ray emission and X-ray absorption studies
2019 (English)In: Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, ISSN 0267-9477, E-ISSN 1364-5544, Vol. 34, no 7, p. 1409-1415Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

X-ray spectroscopy studies are usually performed using synchrotron radiation sources, which offer bright, coherent, energy-tuneable and monochromatic light. However, the application of synchrotron-based Xray emission spectroscopy (XES) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is directly constrained by the limited, infrequent access to central facilities. With the advent of new technological solutions in the field of X-ray sources, optics and detectors, the development of efficient and compact laboratory X-ray spectroscopy systems is possible. A permanent laboratory-based setup offers the advantages of low cost and easy accessibility and, therefore, more flexibility in the preparation and scheduling of measurements. Herein, we report a laboratory X-ray setup allowing simultaneous XES and XAS measurements. The double von Hamos spectrometer performances are demonstrated by concurrent K beta XES and K-edge XAS measurements done for 3d elements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019
National Category
Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390902 (URN)10.1039/c9ja00159j (DOI)000474289100021 ()
Available from: 2019-08-19 Created: 2019-08-19 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved
Goncalves, L. C. P., Mansouri, H. R., PourMehdi, S., Abdellah, M., Fadiga, B. S., Bastos, E. L., . . . Rudroffe, F. (2019). Boosting photobioredox catalysis by morpholine electron donors under aerobic conditions. Catalysis Science & Technology, 9(10), 2682-2688
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2019 (English)In: Catalysis Science & Technology, ISSN 2044-4753, E-ISSN 2044-4761, Vol. 9, no 10, p. 2682-2688Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Light-driven reduction of flavins, e.g. FAD or FMN, by sacrificial electron donors emerged as a convenient method to promote biocatalytic transformations. However, flavin activation has been restricted to oxygen-free conditions to prevent enzyme deactivation caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Herein, we show that the photoreduction of FMN by morpholines, including 3-(N-morpholino)propanesulfonic acid (MOPS), lessens the deactivation of the enoate reductase XenB from Pseudomonas sp. during the stereoselective asymmetric enzymatic reduction of a model ,-unsaturated diketone under aerobic conditions, leading to a 91% GC-yield and a stereoselectivity greater than 94%. The kinetic stability of the thermolabile XenB was increased by more than 20-fold in MOPS buffer compared to that in Tris-HCl buffer, and a pronounced positive effect on the transition midpoint temperature was observed. The reactive form of the FMN photocatalyst is stabilized by the formation of a (3)[FMN--MOPS+] ensemble, which reduces the formation of hydrogen peroxide and other ROS in the presence of oxygen. These results contribute to broaden the application of photobiocatalytic transformations using flavin-dependent reductases.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019
National Category
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390605 (URN)10.1039/c9cy00496c (DOI)000472455800023 ()
Available from: 2019-08-13 Created: 2019-08-13 Last updated: 2019-08-13Bibliographically approved
Kayser, Y., Milne, C., Juranic, P., Sala, L., Czapla-Masztafiak, J., Follath, R., . . . Szlachetkc, J. (2019). Core-level nonlinear spectroscopy triggered by stochastic X-ray pulses. Nature Communications, 10, Article ID 4761.
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2019 (English)In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, E-ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 10, article id 4761Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Stochastic processes are highly relevant in research fields as different as neuroscience, economy, ecology, chemistry, and fundamental physics. However, due to their intrinsic unpredictability, stochastic mechanisms are very challenging for any kind of investigations and practical applications. Here we report the deliberate use of stochastic X-ray pulses in two-dimensional spectroscopy to the simultaneous mapping of unoccupied and occupied electronic states of atoms in a regime where the opacity and transparency properties of matter are subject to the incident intensity and photon energy. A readily transferable matrix formalism is presented to extract the electronic states from a dataset measured with the monitored input from a stochastic excitation source. The presented formalism enables investigations of the response of the electronic structure to irradiation with intense X-ray pulses while the time structure of the incident pulses is preserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nature Publishing Group, 2019
National Category
Physical Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-399093 (URN)10.1038/s41467-019-12717-1 (DOI)000490982100001 ()31628306 (PubMedID)
Funder
Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KAW-2013.0020
Available from: 2019-12-16 Created: 2019-12-16 Last updated: 2019-12-16Bibliographically approved
Shylin, S. I., Pavliuk, M. V., D'Amario, L., Mamedov, F., Sá, J., Berggren, G. & Fritsky, I. O. (2019). Efficient visible light-driven water oxidation catalysed by an iron(IV) clathrochelate complex. Chemical Communications, 55(23), 3335-3338
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Efficient visible light-driven water oxidation catalysed by an iron(IV) clathrochelate complex
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2019 (English)In: Chemical Communications, ISSN 1359-7345, E-ISSN 1364-548X, Vol. 55, no 23, p. 3335-3338Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A water-stable FeIV clathrochelate complex catalyzes fast and homogeneous photochemical oxidation of water to dioxygen with a turnover frequency of 2.27 s−1 and a maximum turnover number of 365. An FeV intermediate generated under catalytic conditions is trapped and characterised using EPR and Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Keywords
Artificial photosynthesis, water oxidation, iron catalyst, photochemical water oxidation, electrochemical water oxidation
National Category
Physical Chemistry
Research subject
Chemistry with specialization in Physical Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379606 (URN)10.1039/C9CC00229D (DOI)000461397500002 ()30801592 (PubMedID)
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 778245Swedish Institute
Available from: 2019-03-18 Created: 2019-03-18 Last updated: 2019-04-12Bibliographically approved
Pavliuk, M. V., Alvarez, S. G., Hattori, Y., Messing, M. E., Czapla-Masztafiak, J., Szlachetko, J., . . . Sá, J. (2019). Hydrated Electron Generation by Excitation of Copper Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 10(8), 1743-1749
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, ISSN 1948-7185, E-ISSN 1948-7185, Vol. 10, no 8, p. 1743-1749Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hydrated electrons are important in radiation chemistry and charge transfer reactions, with applications that include chemical damage of DNA, catalysis, and signaling. Conventionally, hydrated electrons are produced by pulsed radiolysis, sonolysis, two-ultraviolet-photon laser excitation of liquid water, or photodetachment of suitable electron donors. Here we report a method for the generation of hydrated electrons via single-visible-photon excitation of localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) of supported sub-3 nm copper nanoparticles in contact with water. Only excitations at the LSPR maximum resulted in the formation of hydrated electrons, suggesting that plasmon excitation plays a crucial role in promoting electron transfer from the nanoparticle into the solution. The reactivity of the hydrated electrons was confirmed via proton reduction and concomitant H-2 evolution in the presence of a Ru/TiO2 catalyst.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2019
National Category
Physical Chemistry Condensed Matter Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383191 (URN)10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00792 (DOI)000465507700014 ()30920838 (PubMedID)
Funder
Swedish Research CouncilStiftelsen Olle Engkvist Byggmästare
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Available from: 2019-07-24 Created: 2019-07-24 Last updated: 2019-07-24Bibliographically approved
Blachucki, W., Kayser, Y., Czapla-Masztafiak, J., Guo, M., Juranic, P., Kavcic, M., . . . Szlachetko, J. (2019). Inception of electronic damage of matter by photon-driven post-ionization mechanisms. Structural Dynamics, 6(2), Article ID 024901.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inception of electronic damage of matter by photon-driven post-ionization mechanisms
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2019 (English)In: Structural Dynamics, ISSN 2329-7778, Vol. 6, no 2, article id 024901Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

"Probe-before-destroy" methodology permitted diffraction and imaging measurements of intact specimens using ultrabright but highly destructive X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) pulses. The methodology takes advantage of XFEL pulses ultrashort duration to outrun the destructive nature of the X-rays. Atomic movement, generally on the order of >50 fs, regulates the maximum pulse duration for intact specimen measurements. In this contribution, we report the electronic structure damage of a molecule with ultrashort X-ray pulses under preservation of the atoms' positions. A detailed investigation of the X-ray induced processes revealed that X-ray absorption events in the solvent produce a significant number of solvated electrons within attosecond and femtosecond timescales that are capable of coulombic interactions with the probed molecules. The presented findings show a strong influence on the experimental spectra coming from ionization of the probed atoms' surroundings leading to electronic structure modification much faster than direct absorption of photons. This work calls for consideration of this phenomenon in cases focused on samples embedded in, e.g., solutions or in matrices, which in fact concerns most of the experimental studies.

National Category
Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics Physical Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383884 (URN)10.1063/1.5090332 (DOI)000466710000011 ()31041363 (PubMedID)
Funder
Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KAW-2013.0020
Available from: 2019-05-29 Created: 2019-05-29 Last updated: 2019-05-29Bibliographically approved
Meier de Andrade, A., Kullgren, J., Sá, J. & Broqvist, P. (2019). Insights into reactive nanoparticles. In: : . Paper presented at 2019 EMMC-eSSENCE Meeting "Multiscale modelling of materials and molecules: Physics-based and data-driven.".
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Insights into reactive nanoparticles
2019 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-394007 (URN)
Conference
2019 EMMC-eSSENCE Meeting "Multiscale modelling of materials and molecules: Physics-based and data-driven."
Available from: 2019-10-01 Created: 2019-10-01 Last updated: 2019-10-01
Goncalves, L. C. P., Mansouri, H. R., Bastos, E. L., Abdellah, M., Fadiga, B. S., Sá, J., . . . Mihovilovic, M. D. (2019). Morpholine-based buffers activate aerobic photobiocatalysis via spin correlated ion pair formation. Catalysis Science & Technology, 9(6), 1365-1371
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2019 (English)In: Catalysis Science & Technology, ISSN 2044-4753, E-ISSN 2044-4761, Vol. 9, no 6, p. 1365-1371Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of enzymes for synthetic applications is a powerful and environmentally-benign approach to increase molecular complexity. Oxidoreductases selectively introduce oxygen and hydrogen atoms into myriad substrates, catalyzing the synthesis of chemical and pharmaceutical building blocks for chemical production. However, broader application of this class of enzymes is limited by the requirements of expensive cofactors and low operational stability. Herein, we show that morpholine-based buffers, especially 3-(N-morpholino)propanesulfonic acid (MOPS), promote photoinduced flavoenzyme-catalyzed asymmetric redox transformations by regenerating the flavin cofactor via sacrificial electron donation and by increasing the operational stability of flavin-dependent oxidoreductases. The stabilization of the active forms of flavin by MOPS via formation of the spin correlated ion pair (3)[flavin(-)-MOPS+] ensemble reduces the formation of hydrogen peroxide, circumventing the oxygen dilemma under aerobic conditions detrimental to fragile enzymes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, 2019
National Category
Physical Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-381585 (URN)10.1039/c8cy02524j (DOI)000462662100003 ()
Available from: 2019-04-12 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-04-12Bibliographically approved
Sá, J. & Medlin, J. W. (2019). On-the-fly Catalyst Modification: Strategy to Improve Catalytic Processes Selectivity and Understanding. ChemCatChem, 11(15), 3355-3365
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On-the-fly Catalyst Modification: Strategy to Improve Catalytic Processes Selectivity and Understanding
2019 (English)In: ChemCatChem, ISSN 1867-3880, E-ISSN 1867-3899, Vol. 11, no 15, p. 3355-3365Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hydrogenation is a quintessential process to the chemical industry. It is heavily involved in organic synthesis and fuel production, among other processes. Preferentially the reactions are carried out with heterogeneous catalysts and when possible in flow mode. Herein, we provide a retrospective on selective surface modification of catalysts for improved selectivity and understanding of catalytic reactivity. In addition, we provide a prospectus for an emerging strategy of carrying out surface modification on-the-fly to produce novel catalysts in a fast and reproducible way and to understand catalytic phenomena.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH, 2019
Keywords
on-the-fly catalyst modification, structure-performance relationship, hydrogenation, flow catalysis, laboratory X-ray photon-in photon out spectroscopy
National Category
Physical Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395362 (URN)10.1002/cctc.201900770 (DOI)000480290100003 ()
Available from: 2019-10-17 Created: 2019-10-17 Last updated: 2019-10-17Bibliographically approved
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