Evidence for the formation of cobalt porphyrin-quinone complexes stabilized at carbon-based surfaces toward the design of efficient non-noble-metal oxygen reduction catalysts

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Abstract

The interaction of electropolymerized Co(III)TAPP (polyCoTAPP) films with adsorbed resorcinol on glassy carbon (GC) and with surface quinone functionalities on aerogel carbon (AEC) were studied using reflection UV-visible spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A red shift of the Soret band and the appearance of new Q bands appearing after adsorption of resorcinol on a GC/polyCoTAPP film was interpreted as being due to change of the metalloporphyrin electronic structure. The photoelectron depth profiles for an AEC/polyCoTAPP film showed that the cobalt ion is mostly in the Co(III) state at the outer layers of the film, while the amount of cobalt ion in the formal +2 state gradually increases in the inner film layers. This seems to indicate the formation of charge-transfer complexes between the metalloporphyrin and reduced quinone functionalities on the AEC surface. Understanding the nature of metalloporphyrin/porous carbon structures is an important step toward the design of reliable and low-cost non-noble-metal oxygen reduction catalytic electrodes and their application in fuel cells and batteries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-401
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Catalysis
  • Interfaces
  • Surfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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