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Type: Journal article
Title: Electroactive Co(III) salen metal complexes and the electrophoretic deposition of their porous organic polymers onto glassy carbon
Author: Solomon, M.B.
Rawal, A.
Hook, J.M.
Cohen, S.M.
Kubiak, C.P.
Jolliffe, K.A.
D'Alessandro, D.M.
Citation: RSC Advances: an international journal to further the chemical sciences, 2018; 8(43):24128-24142
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2046-2069
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Marcello B. Solomon, Aditya Rawal, James M. Hook, Seth M. Cohen, Clifford P. Kubiak, Katrina A. Jolliffe and Deanna M. D'Alessandro
Abstract: This paper reports the CO₂ electroreduction properties of three bis-bromo Co(III) salen metal complexes and their Porous Organic Polymers (POPs) as a platform for using the salen core as a multi-electron reducing agent. Although Co(III) salen metal complexes have been studied extensively for their chemical catalysis with CO₂, their electrochemical behaviour, particularly their reduction, in the presence of CO₂ is much less explored. The discrete Co(III) complexes enabled the reduction of CO₂ to CO in faradaic efficiencies of up to 20%. The reductive electrochemical processes of Co(III) salen complexes are relatively unknown; therefore, the mechanism of reduction for the complexes was investigated using IR and UV-Vis-NIR spectroelectrochemical (SEC) techniques. The discrete bis-bromo salen complexes were incorporated into POPs with tris-(p-ethynyl)-triphenylamine as a co-ligand and were characterised using solid state NMR, IR, UV-Vis-NIR and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM). The POP materials were electrophoretically deposited onto glassy carbon under milder conditions than those previously reported in the literature. Direct attachment of the POP materials to glassy carbon enabled improved solid state electrochemical analysis of the samples. The POP materials were also analysed via SEC techniques, where a Co(II/I) process could be observed, but further reductions associated with the imine reduction compromised the stability of the POPs.
Rights: This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2018
DOI: 10.1039/c8ra04385j
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