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In situ electrosynthesis of anthraquinone electrolytes in aqueous flow batteries

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Abstract

We demonstrate the electrochemical oxidation of an anthracene derivative to a redox-active anthraquinone at room temperature in a flow cell without the use of hazardous oxidants or noble metal catalysts. The anthraquinone, generated in situ, was used as the active species in a flow battery electrolyte without further modification or purification. This potentially scalable, safe, green, and economical electrosynthetic method is also applied to another anthracene-based derivative and may be extended to other redox-active aromatics.

Graphical abstract: In situ electrosynthesis of anthraquinone electrolytes in aqueous flow batteries

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Submitted
01 Jul 2020
Accepted
02 Sep 2020
First published
02 Sep 2020

Green Chem., 2020,22, 6084-6092
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In situ electrosynthesis of anthraquinone electrolytes in aqueous flow batteries

Y. Jing, M. Wu, A. A. Wong, E. M. Fell, S. Jin, D. A. Pollack, E. F. Kerr, R. G. Gordon and M. J. Aziz, Green Chem., 2020, 22, 6084
DOI: 10.1039/D0GC02236E

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