Voltammetric Behaviour, Homogeneous Charge Transport Dynamics and Electrocatalytic Properties of an Os2+ Functionalised Pyrrole Monomer

Foster, Kevin and Allen, Aine and McCormac, Timothy (2004) Voltammetric Behaviour, Homogeneous Charge Transport Dynamics and Electrocatalytic Properties of an Os2+ Functionalised Pyrrole Monomer. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 573 (2). pp. 203-214. ISSN 0022-0728

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The Os2+ functionalised pyrrole monomer, Osmium-bis-N,N’-(2,2’-bipyridyl)-N-(pyridine-4-ylmethyl-( 8-pyrrole-1yl-octyl)-amine)chloride, 1, has been synthesised and characterised by spectroscopic (UV/Vis, 1H NMR, IR spectroscopy) techniques and cyclic voltammetry. Solution phase studies of 1 gave a redox couple associated with the Os3+/2+ and an irreversible wave associated with the oxidation of the pyrrole moiety. Attempts to form stable polymeric films of 1 onto vitreous carbon electrodes, by homopolymerisation, proved unsuccessful. However electroactive films of 1 were obtained by the electrooxidation of 1 through the Os3+/2+ couple in low dielectric media such as toluene/acetonitrile mixtures. The efficiency of film deposition and properties depend upon the supporting electrolyte and the solvent employed. Films formed in mixtures of acetonitrile and low dielectric constant solvents (dichloromethane and toluene) are electrochemically active and exhibit a redox couple associated with the Os3+/2+ system. The voltammetric behaviour of these solid state films was investigated in both aqueous and non-aqueous solvents with a variety of supporting electrolytes. Upon redox switching between the Os3+/2+ redox states the solid-state chargetransfer processes are coupled to the insertion/expulsion of anions from/to the solution phase.Scanning electron microscopy reveals that films formed in the presence of acetonitrile exhibit different morphology than films formed in acetonitrile-free solutions. Slow and fast linear sweep voltammograms have been employed to provide an absolute determination of the fixed 2 site concentration as 1.5M and an apparent diffusion coefficient of 5.2 x 10-12 cm2 s-1 in 0.3MKCl. Electroactive films of 1 were then investigated for their electrocatalytic ability towards the oxidation of ascorbic acid in acidic medium. The anodic oxidation peak current was linearly dependent on the ascorbic acid concentration and a linear calibration curve was obtained in the range 0.1 – 2x10-3 M of ascorbic acid with a correlation coefficient of 0.9993. The detection limit (3s) was found to be 5.5 x 10-5M.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ascorbic acid; Electrocatalysis; Charge transport; Immobilisation
Subjects: Science > Chemistry
Research Centres: Electrochemistry Research Group
Depositing User: Nicola Hanlon
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2011 11:34
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 16:09

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