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Data for: Immobilization of molecular catalysts on electrode surfaces using host–guest interactions

Citation

Tilley, S. David et al. (2021), Data for: Immobilization of molecular catalysts on electrode surfaces using host–guest interactions, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.6t1g1jwxr

Abstract

Anchoring molecular catalysts on electrode surfaces combines the high selectivity and activity of molecular systems with the practicality of heterogeneous systems. Molecular catalysts, however, are far less stable than traditional heterogeneous electrocatalysts, and therefore a method to easily replace anchored molecular catalysts that have degraded could make such electrosynthetic systems more attractive. Here, we apply a non-covalent ‘click’ chemistry approach to reversibly bind molecular electrocatalysts to electrode surfaces through host–guest complexation with surface-anchored cyclodextrins. The host–guest interaction is remarkably strong and enables the flow of electrons between the electrode and the guest catalyst. Electrosynthesis in both organic and aqueous media was demonstrated on metal oxide electrodes, with stability on the order of hours. The catalytic surfaces can be recycled by controlled release of the guest from the host cavities and readsorption of fresh guest. 

Funding

Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung, Award: PYAPP2 160586

Universität Zürich, Award: URPP LightCHEC