The design and development of stable molecular iron electrocatalysts able to work with low overpotential in the oxidation of water to molecular oxygen is an essential challenge for sustainable energy applications. Our group has recently developed stable iron(0) N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) complexes bearing a non-innocent cyclopentadienone (Cp=O) ligand. This peculiar ligands combination is herein exploited to tune the electrochemistry of the corresponding complexes: NHCs regulate the anodic process in a suitable potential region for oxidation of water to O2and cyclopentadienone promotes a mono-electronic redox process through the formation of a radical complex (1˙). The synergic effect of these ligands on iron complexes makes them suitable, for the first time, as low valent electrocatalysts for water oxidation. The electrocatalytic activity was determined in water/THF with added KOH. Complex1shows the best catalytic activity and competitive efficiency in terms of both TOF (up to 52 s−1) and overpotential (320 mV).
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|Titolo:||Cyclopentadienone-NHC iron(0) complexes as low valent electrocatalysts for water oxidation|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|