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[M(CO)4(2,2′-bipyridine)] (M = Cr, Mo, W) as efficient catalysts for electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO at a gold electrode

Tory, J., Setterfield-Price, B., Dryfe, R. A. W. and Hartl, F. (2015) [M(CO)4(2,2′-bipyridine)] (M = Cr, Mo, W) as efficient catalysts for electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO at a gold electrode. ChemElectroChem, 2 (2). pp. 213-217. ISSN 2196-0216

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Group 6 complexes of the type [M(CO)4(bpy)] (M=Cr, Mo, W) are capable of behaving as electrochemical catalysts for the reduction of CO2 at potentials less negative than those for the reduction of the radical anions [M(CO)4(bpy)].−. Cyclic voltammetric, chronoamperometric and UV/Vis/IR spectro-electrochemical data reveal that five-coordinate [M(CO)3(bpy)]2− are the active catalysts. The catalytic conversion is significantly more efficient in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) compared to tetrahydrofuran, which may reflect easier CO dissociation from 1e−-reduced [M(CO)4(bpy)].− in the former solvent, followed by second electron transfer. The catalytic cycle may also involve [M(CO)4(H-bpy)]− formed by protonation of [M(CO)3(bpy)]2−, especially in NMP. The strongly enhanced catalysis using an Au working electrode is remarkable, suggesting that surface interactions may play an important role, too.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF)
Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:39212
Uncontrolled Keywords:2,2′-bipyridine;carbon dioxide;electrocatalysis;gold cathode;N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone;molybdenum
Publisher:ChemPubSoc Europe.


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