In this work, we investigated Pd2+- and Pd0-loaded graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (r-GO) as water-soluble, visible-light-responsive photocatalysts for the Suzuki-Miyaura C-C coupling reaction. Nanosheets of r-GO (∼200 nm) were found to be a more desirable substrate than GO nanosheets, since the corresponding catalyst showed higher activities than those of the GO catalysts in both the visible-light-induced and thermal reactions. Furthermore, Pd2+-loaded GO and r-GO show higher catalytic activities than those of Pd0-loaded GO and r-GO because of the more efficient oxidative addition to Pd2+ compared with that to Pd0. Systematic studies under dark and light conditions demonstrated the synergic contributions of photoexcited electron transfer and the strong photothermal effect of r-GO. Pd2+- and Pd0-loaded r-GO show four-times higher photocatalytic activities compared to those of Pd0-MoS2 and Pd0-WS2 catalysts for the Suzuki-Miyaura C-C coupling reaction.
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