Electroreduction of Carbon Dioxide by Heterogenized Cofacial Porphyrins

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationTransactions of Tianjin University
Online published3 Aug 2021
Publication statusOnline published - 3 Aug 2021


Great attention has been paid to cofacial porphyrins due to their many unique advantages over their monomeric analogs. However, their synthesis is usually complicated. In this work, a facile impregnation method for preparing heterogenized, cofacially stacked porphyrins is proposed. An anionic porphyrin is introduced as an underlayer for immobilization of cationic cobalt porphyrin via electrostatic force. The metal center of the underlying molecule contributes to the electronic structure of the upper cationic cobalt porphyrin. Screening reveals the anionic iron porphyrin to be the most efficient underlayer molecule, lowering the activation energy barrier of CO2 electroreduction, with an improved turnover frequency by 74% to 8.0 s−1 at − 0.6 V versus RHE.

Research Area(s)

  • CO2RR, Cofacial, Heterogenization, Porphyrin