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Organic semiconductor perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) electrodes for electrocatalytic reduction of oxygen to hydrogen peroxide

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Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most important industrial chemicals and there is great demand for the production of H2O2 using more sustainable and environmentally benign methods. We show electrochemical production of H2O2 by the reduction of O2, enabled by an organic semiconductor catalyst, N,N′-dimethyl perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI). We make PTCDI cathodes that are capable of stable and reusable operation in aqueous electrolytes in a pH range of 1–13 with a catalytic figure of merit as high as 26 kg H2O2 per g catalyst per h. These performance and stability open new avenues for organic small molecule semiconductors as electrocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Organic semiconductor perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) electrodes for electrocatalytic reduction of oxygen to hydrogen peroxide

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The article was received on 03 Nov 2017, accepted on 18 Dec 2017 and first published on 11 Jan 2018


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC08471D
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 1960-1963
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    Organic semiconductor perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) electrodes for electrocatalytic reduction of oxygen to hydrogen peroxide

    M. Warczak, M. Gryszel, M. Jakešová, V. Đerek and E. D. Głowacki, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 1960
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CC08471D

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