Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to Acetic Acid by a Molecular Manganese Corrole Complex

De, R. and Gonglach, S. and Paul, S. and Haas, M. and Sreejith, S.S. and Gerschel, P. and Apfel, U.-P. and Vuong, T.H. and Rabeah, J. and Roy, S. and Schöfberger, W.

Volume: 59 Pages: 10527-10534
DOI: 10.1002/anie.202000601
Published: 2020

The controlled electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to value added chemicals is an important strategy in terms of renewable energy technologies. Therefore, the development of efficient and stable catalysts in an aqueous environment is of great importance. In this context, we focused on synthesizing and studying a molecular MnIII-corrole complex, which is modified on the three meso-positions with polyethylene glycol moieties for direct and selective production of acetic acid from CO2. Electrochemical reduction of MnIII leads to an electroactive MnII species, which binds CO2 and stabilizes the reduced intermediates. This catalyst allows to electrochemically reduce CO2 to acetic acid in a moderate acidic aqueous medium (pH 6) with a selectivity of 63 % and a turn over frequency (TOF) of 8.25 h−1, when immobilized on a carbon paper (CP) electrode. In terms of high selectivity towards acetate, we propose the formation and reduction of an oxalate type intermediate, stabilized at the MnIII-corrole center. © 2020 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

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