Electrochemical-QCM experiment on water oxidation catalysts

New study has been published about an electrochemical QCM experiment on water oxidation catalysts (WOC) using our ITO-coated QCM sensors. The result revealed that metal–metal bonded diruthenium complexes are viable water oxidation catalysts.


A fast metal–metal bonded water oxidation catalyst
Sara Goberna-Ferrón, Bruno Peña, Joaquín Soriano-López, Jorge J. Carbó, Hanhua Zhao, Josep M. Poblet, Kim R. Dunbar,  José Ramón Galán-Mascarós 
Journal of Catalysis,
Volume 315, June 2014, Pages 25-32


The metal–metal bonded diruthenium (II, II) tetraacetate compound, [Ru2(μ-O2CCH3)4], is a water oxidation catalyst (WOC) that exhibits oxygen evolution rates as high as 77 s−1 at ambient conditions, exhibiting comparable catalytic activity over a wide pH range (1 < pH < 10). The turnover conditions of the catalyst remain active for several hours with oxidative deactivation eventually occurring at a slow rate. DFT calculations support a single-site mechanism via water nucleophilic attack, with the most energy demanding process being the very first one electron oxidation step. This is one of the fastest WOCs reported, and the first WOC found in the field of metal–metal bonded chemistry.

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