Enhanced Electrocatalytic Reduction of Oxygen at Electrodes Coated with a Multi-Metallic Co(II)/Pt(II) Porphyrin

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Edge plane pyrolytic graphite (EPG) electrodes coated with the Co(II)/Pt(II)2 analog of 5,15-bis-(4-pyridyl)-10,20-bis-(3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenyl)porphyrin undergo an electrochemical-chemical-electrochemical (ECE) reaction when anodically scanned in 1.0 M sulfuric acid. The new redox couple formed from this anodic conditioning of the coated electrode is dependent on the pH of the solution. Roughened EPG electrodes coated with the Co(II)/Pt(II)2 trimetallic porphyrin show a catalytic shift of 400 mV for the reduction of O2 when compared to the reduction of O2 at a bare EPG electrode. An additional catalytic shift of ca. 150 mV is observed for O2 reduction at an EPG electrode coated with the Co(II)/Pt(II)2 porphyrin which has been oxidized in 1.0 M sulfuric acid. In addition to the added electrocatalysis, a significant percentage of O2 reduced at the oxidized Co(II)/Pt(II)2 EPG electrode is converted to H2O as determined by rotating disk electrode measurements.

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S. Swavey and D. Fresh, "Enhanced Electrocatalytic Reduction of Oxygen at Electrodes Coated with a Multi-Metallic Co(II)/Pt(II) Porphyrin," American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 4 No. 10A, 2013, pp. 54-59. doi: 10.4236/ajac.2013.410A1007.

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