Exploring the origins of the apparent “electrocatalysis” observed at C60 film-modified electrodes

Xiao, Lei, Wildgoose, Gregory and Compton, Richard G. (2009) Exploring the origins of the apparent “electrocatalysis” observed at C60 film-modified electrodes. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 138 (2). pp. 524-531.

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Abstract

We have recently revised the oft-cited model of cation insertion into electroreduced C60 film-modified electrodes in aqueous, basic electrolytes [L. Xiao, G.G. Wildgoose, A. Crossley, R.G. Compton, The electroreduction of “C60” films in aqueous electrolyte does not lead to alkali metal ion insertion—evidence for the involvement of adventitious poly-epoxidated C60 (C60On), submitted for publication]. Instead we have proposed that the observed reduction corresponds to adventitious polyepoxidated C60On within the starting material [L. Xiao, G.G. Wildgoose, A. Crossley, R.G. Compton, The electroreduction of “C60” films in aqueous electrolyte does not lead to alkali metal ion insertion—evidence for the involvement of adventitious poly-epoxidated C60 (C60On), submitted for publication]. In this paper, we further show, using scanning electron microscopy and cyclic voltammetry of ascorbic acid, how our alternative model can be used to explain both the voltammetric behaviour observed during the reduction of “C60” films in aqueous electrolytes, and how the structure of these films can give rise to misleading claims of apparent “electrocatalytic” behaviour. The latter arises due to restructuring of the deposited C60 film giving rise to a porous, partially blocked electrode, coupled with possible thin-layer effects. We find no evidence that C60 itself is reduced within the potential window offered by aqueous electrolytes, nor that it is involved in any form of electron mediation or electrocatalysis.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
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Depositing User: Rachel Smith
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2011 16:28
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 17:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/27480
DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2009.02.006

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