Heterogeneous Catalysis of Multiple-Electron-Transfer Reactions at Nanoparticle-Modified Electrodes

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  • Dr. Eduardo Laborda,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QZ (UK), Fax: +44(0) 1865 275410
    2. Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Química, Regional Campus of Excellence ‘‘Campus Mare Nostrum'', Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, 30100 (Spain)
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  • Christopher C. M. Neumann,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QZ (UK), Fax: +44(0) 1865 275410
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  • Ying Wang,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QZ (UK), Fax: +44(0) 1865 275410
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  • Dr. Kristopher R. Ward,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QZ (UK), Fax: +44(0) 1865 275410
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  • Prof. Ángela Molina,

    1. Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Química, Regional Campus of Excellence ‘‘Campus Mare Nostrum'', Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, 30100 (Spain)
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  • Prof. Richard G. Compton

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QZ (UK), Fax: +44(0) 1865 275410
    • Department of Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QZ (UK), Fax: +44(0) 1865 275410===

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Abstract

In some important electrochemical systems, the degree of electro-reduction (or electro-oxidation) of the reactant at the electrode surface depends on the extent of a surface-catalysed reaction that involves intermediates formed by electron transfer. The catalytic properties of the electrode surface towards this heterogeneous reaction, therefore, can control the final product of important processes, such as the electro-reduction of oxygen and some organic compounds. The modelling of the EChetEfd mechanism (where Chet is a heterogeneous chemical reaction and Efd indicates that the second electron transfer is fully driven) is considered in this paper at nanoparticle-modified electrodes and homogeneous surface macroelectrodes. The influences of the chemical and electrochemical kinetics as well as the characteristics of the mass transport are investigated. The results enable us to propose procedures for the identification and characterisation of the surface-catalysed process and for the optimisation of electrode modifications.

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