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Mechanistic Evidence for Ligand-Centered Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction with the Conductive MOF Ni3(hexaiminotriphenylene)2

Mechanistic Evidence for Ligand-Centered Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction with the Conductive MOF Ni3(hexaiminotriphenylene)2
Mircea Dincă, Junko Yano, Nathan D. Ricke, Ernest Pastor, Sheraz Gul, Elise M. Miner, Troy Van Voorhis, Vittal K. Yachandra
Establishing catalytic structure–function relationships introduces the ability to optimize the catalyst structure for enhanced activity, selectivity, and durability against reaction conditions and prolonged catalysis. Here we present experimental and computational data elucidating the mechanism for the O2 reduction reaction with a conductive nickel-based metal–organic framework (MOF). Elucidation of the O2 reduction electrokinetics, understanding the role of the extended MOF structure in providing catalytic activity, observation of how the redox activity and pKa of the organic ligand influences catalysis, and identification of the catalyst active site yield a detailed O2 reduction mechanism where the ligand, rather than the metal, plays a central role. More generally, familiarization with how the structural and electronic properties of the MOF influence reactivity may provide deeper insight into the mechanisms by which less structurally defined nonplatinum group metal electrocatalysts reduce O2.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.7b02647

DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b02647

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