Mediated electrochemical reduction of CO2. Preparation and comparison of an isoelectronic series of complexes

Daniel L DuBois, Alex Miedaner

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The preparation and characterization of complexes of the type [M(triphos)L](BF4)2 are described (for M = Ni, L is P(OMe)3 and PEt3; for M = Pd, L is CH3CN, P(OMe)3, PEt3, P(CH2OH)3, and PPh3; for M = Pt, L is PEt3; triphos is PhP(CH2CH2PPh2)2). On the basis of cyclic voltammetry and bulk electrolysis experiments, the Pd complexes are shown to catalyze the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO in acidic acetonitrile solutions. The analogous Ni and Pt complexes are not catalysts for CO2 reduction under the same conditions. Kinetic studies have been carried out on [Pd(triphos)(PEt3)](BF4)2 and a mechanism for the reduction of CO2 is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-117
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1987


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