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The Role of Redox Hopping in Metal-Organic Framework Electrocatalysis


The dominant charge transfer mechanism in a vast number of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) is that of redox hopping, a process best explained through the motion of electrons via self-exchange reactions between redox centres coupled to the motion of counter-balancing ions. Mechanistic studies of redox hopping transport in MOFs reveal characteristics that recall pioneering studies in linear redox polymers. When MOFs are employed as electrocatalysts, consideration must be given to both the catalytic properties – turn-over frequency (TOF) and energetic requirements (overpotential, TON) – and the charge transport properties – rate of charge hopping, measured via an apparent diffusion coefficient (Dapp). Herein, we provide a mathematical framework to provide constraints to MOF catalyst development by relating Dapp, TOF, and film thickness in the context of providing 10 mA/cm2¬ of catalytic current. Lastly with the mechanistic studies discussed as a foundation, design rules for future MOF electrocatalysts are provided and the challenges to the community to optimize MOF charge transport are laid out.

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The article was received on 28 Feb 2018, accepted on 15 May 2018 and first published on 16 May 2018

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01664J
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    The Role of Redox Hopping in Metal-Organic Framework Electrocatalysis

    S. Y. Lin, P. M. Usov and A. J. Morris, Chem. Commun., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01664J

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