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Resolving the Iron Phthalocyanine Redox Transitions for ORR Catalysis in Aqueous Media

Resolving the Iron Phthalocyanine Redox Transitions for ORR Catalysis in Aqueous Media
Qingying Jia, Sanjeev Mukerjee, Nagappan Ramaswamy, Jingkun Li, Amell Alsudairi, K. M. Abraham
Metal macrocycles are among the most important catalytic systems in electrocatalysis and biocatalysis owing to their rich redox chemistry. Precise understanding of the redox behavior of metal macrocycles in operando is essential for fundamental studies and practical applications of this catalytic system. Here we present electrochemical data for the representative iron phthalocyanine (FePc) in both aqueous and nonaqueous media coupled with in situ Raman and X-ray absorption analyses to challenge the traditional notion of the redox transition of FePc at the low potential end in aqueous media by showing that it arises from the redox transition of the ring. Our data unequivocally demonstrate that the electron is shuttled to the Pc ring via the Fe(II)/Fe(I) redox center. The Fe(II)/Fe(I) redox transition of FePc in aqueous media is indiscernible by normal spectroscopic methods owing to the lack of a suitable axial ligand to stabilize the Fe(I) state.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01126

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01126

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