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Interplay Between Charge Accumulation and Oxygen Reduction Catalysis in Nanostructured TiO2 Electrodes Functionalized with a Molecular Catalyst

Kim, Yee-Seul; Kriegel, Sebastien; Bessmertnykh-Lemeune, Alla; Harris, Kenneth D; Limoges, Benoit; Balland, Veronique; (2021) Interplay Between Charge Accumulation and Oxygen Reduction Catalysis in Nanostructured TiO2 Electrodes Functionalized with a Molecular Catalyst. ChemElectroChem , 8 (14) pp. 2640-2648. 10.1002/celc.202100424. Green open access

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Abstract

The catalytic reduction of O2 by a manganese(III) porphyrin immobilized in a nanostructured semiconductive transparent TiO2 electrode is here investigated by UV-Vis spectroelectrochemistry in an aqueous buffered medium. Analysis of the operando spectroelectrochemical data, collected for both the immobilized catalyst and the TiO2 matrix, demonstrates the coexistence of two faradaic electrochemical processes, namely (i) irreversible interfacial electron transfer from TiO2 to the immobilized porphyrin triggering the catalytic reduction of O2, and (ii) reversible proton-coupled electrochemical reduction of TiO2 leading to the accumulation of electrons in the TiO2 bulk. The competition between these two processes is modulated by the local concentration of O2, which itself varies with the rate of the catalysis. Indeed, when O2 is locally strongly depleted by catalysis, the process switches from catalysis to charge storage, like a battery. As a result, the electrons stored in TiO2 were observed to pursue the catalysis even after the electrode polarization was switched-off (i. e., under open circuit). This is an overlooked phenomenon that we believe is important to consider in applications relying on metal oxide-based photoelectrodes operating in aqueous media.

Type: Article
Title: Interplay Between Charge Accumulation and Oxygen Reduction Catalysis in Nanostructured TiO2 Electrodes Functionalized with a Molecular Catalyst
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/celc.202100424
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.202100424
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Electrocatalysis, Electrochemistry, mesoporous electrode, Physical Sciences, porphyrin, proton insertion, Science & Technology, spectroelectrochemistry
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10189339
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