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Keywords:

  • Elektrokatalyse;
  • EPR-Spektroskopie;
  • Katalyse;
  • Kohlendioxid;
  • Mangan

Abstract

A key intermediate in the electroconversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide, catalyzed by a manganese tris(carbonyl) complex, is characterized. Different catalytic pathways and their potential reaction mechanisms are investigated using a large range of experimental and computational techniques. Sophisticated spectroscopic methods including UV/Vis absorption and pulsed-EPR techniques (2P-ESEEM and HYSCORE) were combined together with DFT calculations to successfully identify a key intermediate in the catalytic cycle of CO2 reduction. The results directly show the formation of a metal–carboxylic acid–CO2 adduct after oxidative addition of CO2 and H+ to a Mn0 carbonyl dimer, an unexpected intermediate.