Electrochemical CO2 Reduction at Glassy Carbon Electrodes Functionalized by MnI and ReI Organometallic Complexes

Cunfa Sun, Laura Rotundo, Claudio Garino, Luca Nencini, Sam S. Yoon, Roberto Gobetto, Carlo Nervi

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The catalytic activities towards electrochemical CO2 reduction of two new rhenium and manganese complexes, namely fac-Mn(apbpy)(CO)3Br (1) and fac-Re(apbpy)(CO)3Cl (2) (apbpy=4-(4-aminophenyl)-2,2′-bipyridine), in both homogeneous and heterogeneous phases are compared. A glassy carbon electrode (GCE) surface has been functionalized with complexes 1 and 2 by two approaches: a) direct electrochemical oxidation of the amino group with formation of C−N bonds, and b) electrochemical reduction of the corresponding diazonium salts with formation of C−C bonds. The chemically modified GCEs show efficient conversion of CO2 into CO, with turnover numbers (TONs) about 60 times higher than those of the corresponding catalysts in homogeneous solutions, and in a much shorter time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3219-3229
Number of pages11
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 17


  • Mn complexes
  • Re complexes
  • carbon dioxide
  • electrode functionalization
  • reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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