Electrochemical reduction of oxygen by metalloporphyrin ion-complexes with heat treatment

Takahiro Sawaguchi, Takeyuki Itabashi, Tomokazu Matsue, Isamu Uchida

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The catalytic activity and stability of carbon powders supporting metalloporphyrin ion-complexes for electrochemical reduction of oxygen have been studied in acidic solutions. The carbon catalysts were prepared by adsorption of an electrostatic aggregation of two metalloporphyrins, metal tetrakis(N-methyl-4-pyridyl) porphyrin (TMPyP, cationic) and metal tetrakis(sulphophenyl)porphyrin (TPPS, anionic), to carbon powders dispersed in a solution. Treatment of the carbon catalysts in an argon atmosphere at 800°C enhances the activity and stability. The catalyst prepared using the FeTMPyP-FeTPPS aggregate shows a high activity comparable to that of platinum particles and reduces molecular oxygen through a four-electron process. The electrostatic aggregation of iron porphyrins forms active sites on the carbon surface and these sites persist even after heat treatment, causing a high activity for oxygen reduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-230
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1990 Feb 9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry


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