Molecular oxygen reduction electrocatalyzed by meso-substituted cobalt corroles coated on edge-plane pyrolytic graphite electrodes in acidic media.

Research paper by Zhongping Z Ou, Aixiang A Lü, Deying D Meng, Shi S Huang, Yuanyuan Y Fang, Guifen G Lu, Karl M KM Kadish

Indexed on: 07 Aug '12Published on: 07 Aug '12Published in: Inorganic Chemistry


Five meso-substituted cobalt(III) corroles were examined as to their catalytic activity for the electoreduction of O(2) when coated on an edge-plane pyrolytic graphite electrode in 1.0 M HClO(4). The investigated compounds are represented as (TpRPCor)Co(PPh(3)), where TpRPCor is the trianion of a para-substituted triphenylcorrole and R = OMe, Me, H, F, or Cl. Three electrochemical techniques, cyclic voltammetry, linear sweep voltammetry with a rotating disk electrode (RDE), and voltammetry at a rotating ring disk electrode (RRDE), were utilized to evaluate the catalytic activity of the corroles in the reduction of O(2). Cobalt corroles containing electron-withdrawing substituents were shown to be better catalysts than those having electron-donating groups on the three meso-phenyl rings of the triarylcorroles.