Reusable surface confined semi-conducting metal-TCNQ and metal-TCNQF4 catalysts for electron transfer reactions

Mahajan, Manika, Bhargava, Suresh K., & O'Mullane, Anthony P. (2013) Reusable surface confined semi-conducting metal-TCNQ and metal-TCNQF4 catalysts for electron transfer reactions. RSC Advances, 3(13), pp. 4440-4446.

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The synthesis of organic semiconducting materials based on silver and copper-TCNQ (TCNQ = 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) and their fluorinated analogues has received a significant amount of attention due to their potential use in organic electronic applications. However, there is a scarcity in the identification of different applications for which these interesting materials may be suitable candidates. In this work, we address this by investigating the catalytic properties of such materials for the electron transfer reaction between ferricyanide and thiosulphate ions in aqueous solution, which to date has been almost solely limited to metallic nanomaterials. Significantly it was found that all the materials investigated, namely CuTCNQ, AgTCNQ, CuTCNQF4 and AgTCNQF4, were catalytically active and, interestingly, the fluorinated analogues were superior. AgTCNQF4 demonstrated the highest activity and was tested for its stability and re-usability for up to 50 cycles without degradation in performance. The catalytic reaction was monitored via UV-vis spectroscopy and open circuit potential versus time measurements, as well as an investigation of the transport properties of the films via electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It is suggested that morphology and bulk conductivity are not the limiting factors, but rather the balance between the accumulated surface charge from electron injection via thiosulphate ions on the catalyst surface and transfer to the ferricyanide ions which controls the reaction rate. The facile fabrication of re-usable surface confined organic materials that are catalytically active may have important uses for many more electron transfer reactions.

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ID Code: 64333
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1039/c3ra22936j
ISSN: 2046-2069
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2013 02:18
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 04:31

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