Electrocatalytic oxygen reduction by Co(III) porphyrins incorporated in aerogel carbon electrodes

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Co(III) tetra(o-aminophenyl)porphyrin (Co(III)TAPP) and Co(III) tetra(p-sulfonatephenyl)porphyrin (Co(III)TPPS) were incorporated by adsorption or electropolymerization (Co(III)TAPP only) in aerogel carbon (AEC) electrodes. The adsorption rates as well as the maximum amounts of adsorbed species were similar for both metalloporphyrins (2.8 × 105 s-1 and 3.1 ± 0.1 μmol/cm2, respectively). Bare AEC showed a reversible couple with E1/2 = +0.36 V, attributed to the reduction of surface quinone-related functionalities. These interact with Co(III)TAPP and Co(III)TPPS to form complexes on the surface with E1/2 = +0.41 and +0.43 V, respectively. As a result, electroreduction of oxygen for the adsorbed as well as for the electropolymerized porphyrins occurs not only at the potentials dictated by the Co(III/Co(II) porphyrin redox couple (∼+0.25 and ∼-0.1 V for Co(III)TAPP and Co(III)TPPS, respectively), but also at much more positive potential (∼+0.4 V). Moreover, RRDE experiments show insignificant H2O2 production (∼0.3%) during O2 reduction, compared to the high H2O2 yields reported for these metalloporphyrins when dissolved or immobilized on other electrode substrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-96
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2008


  • Aerogel carbon
  • Cobalt porphyrins
  • Oxygen reduction
  • Quinones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


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