Electrocatalysis of peroxide reduction by Au-stabilized, Fe-containing poly(vinylpyridine) films

Jongwon Kim, Andrew A Gewirth

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We show that poly(vinylpyridine) (PVP) coated glassy carbon surfaces containing Fe(CN) 6 3- exhibit catalytic activity toward electroreduction of H 2O 2. While Fe(CN) 6 3- is catalytically inactive in solution phase, it exhibits catalytic activity upon incorporation into the PVP film, because film incorporation leads to an open coordination site in the otherwise inert Fe(CN) 6 3- molecule. However, this catalytic activity is quickly lost during H 2O 2 electroreduction due to leaching of the Fe species from the PVP film. The Fe catalyst in the PVP film could be stabilized by 1 order of magnitude in time by electrodeposition of small Au particles. Characterization of the film using scanning electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy shows that covalent attachment between the Au particle and the Fe-based catalyst is a likely mechanism for catalyst stabilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9684-9690
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 19 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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