Peripheral ligands as electron storage reservoirs and their role in enhancement of photocatalytic hydrogen generation
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The contrasting early-time photodynamics of two related Ru/Pt photocatalysts with very different photocatalytic H2 generation capabilities are reported. Ultrafast equilibration (535 ± 17 fs) creates an electron reservoir on the peripheral ligands of the ester substituted complex, allowing a dramatic increase in photocatalytic performance. This insight opens the way towards a novel design strategy for H2 generating molecular photocatalysts.