Novel Fully Organic Water Oxidation Electrocatalysts: A Quest for Simplicity

Wu Y, Klein V, Killian M, Behling C, Chea S, Tsogoeva S, Bachmann J (2018)

Publication Status: Published

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2018



Book Volume: 3

Pages Range: 2602-2608

Journal Issue: 3

DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.7b01982


Despite the growing need for readily available and inexpensive catalysts for the half-reactions involved in water splitting, water oxidation and reduction electrocatalysts are still traditionally based on noble metals. One long-standing challenge has been the development of an oxygen evolution reaction catalyzed by easily available, structurally simple, and purely organic compounds. Herein, we first generalize the performance of the known N-ethyl-flavinium ion to a number of derivatives. Furthermore, we demonstrate an unprecedented application of different pyridinium and related salts as very simple, inexpensive water oxidation organocatalysts consisting of earth-abundant elements (C, H, O, and N) exclusively. The results establish the prospects of heterocyclic aromatics for further design of new organic electrocatalysts for this challenging oxidation reaction.

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Wu, Y., Klein, V., Killian, M., Behling, C., Chea, S., Tsogoeva, S., & Bachmann, J. (2018). Novel Fully Organic Water Oxidation Electrocatalysts: A Quest for Simplicity. ACS Omega, 3(3), 2602-2608.


Wu, Yanlin, et al. "Novel Fully Organic Water Oxidation Electrocatalysts: A Quest for Simplicity." ACS Omega 3.3 (2018): 2602-2608.

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