Proton activity at the electrified interface is central to the kinetics of proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions for making chemicals and fuels. Here we employ a library of protic ionic liquids in an interfacial layer on platinum and gold to alter local proton activity, where the intrinsic oxygen-reduction reaction (ORR) activity is enhanced up to fivefold, exhibiting a volcano-shaped dependence on the pKa of the ionic liquid. The enhanced ORR activity is attributed to strengthened hydrogen bonds between ORR products and ionic liquids with comparable pKas, resulting in favourable PCET kinetics. This proposed mechanism is supported by in situ surface-enhanced Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and our simulation of PCET kinetics based on computed proton vibrational wavefunctions at the hydrogen-bonding interface. These findings highlight opportunities for using non-covalent interactions between hydrogen-bonded structures and solvation environments at the electrified interface to tune the kinetics of ORR and beyond. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Wang, T., Zhang, Y., Huang, B., Cai, B., Rao, R., Giordano, L., et al. (2021). Enhancing oxygen reduction electrocatalysis by tuning interfacial hydrogen bonds. NATURE CATALYSIS, 4(9), 753-762 [10.1038/s41929-021-00668-0].

Enhancing oxygen reduction electrocatalysis by tuning interfacial hydrogen bonds

Giordano L.;
2021

Abstract

Proton activity at the electrified interface is central to the kinetics of proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions for making chemicals and fuels. Here we employ a library of protic ionic liquids in an interfacial layer on platinum and gold to alter local proton activity, where the intrinsic oxygen-reduction reaction (ORR) activity is enhanced up to fivefold, exhibiting a volcano-shaped dependence on the pKa of the ionic liquid. The enhanced ORR activity is attributed to strengthened hydrogen bonds between ORR products and ionic liquids with comparable pKas, resulting in favourable PCET kinetics. This proposed mechanism is supported by in situ surface-enhanced Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and our simulation of PCET kinetics based on computed proton vibrational wavefunctions at the hydrogen-bonding interface. These findings highlight opportunities for using non-covalent interactions between hydrogen-bonded structures and solvation environments at the electrified interface to tune the kinetics of ORR and beyond. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]
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oxygen reduction reaction, hydrogen bonds, electrocatalys;
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Wang, T., Zhang, Y., Huang, B., Cai, B., Rao, R., Giordano, L., et al. (2021). Enhancing oxygen reduction electrocatalysis by tuning interfacial hydrogen bonds. NATURE CATALYSIS, 4(9), 753-762 [10.1038/s41929-021-00668-0].
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