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Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to Acetic Acid by a Molecular Manganese Corrole Complex

: De, Ratnadip; Gonglach, Sabrina; Paul, Shounik; Haas, Michael; Sreejith, S.S.; Gerschel, Philipp; Apfel, Ulf-Peter; Vuong, Thanh Huyen; Rabeah, Jabor; Roy, Soumyajit; Schöfberger, Wolgang


Angewandte Chemie. International edition 59 (2020), Nr.26, S.10527-10534
ISSN: 1433-7851
ISSN: 0044-8249
ISSN: 0570-0833
ISSN: 1521-3773
Fraunhofer UMSICHT Oberhausen ()
acetic acid; carbon dioxide; electrocatalysis; manganese corrole; reduction

The controlled electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to value added chemicals is an important strategy in terms of renewable energy technologies. Therefore, the development of efficient and stable catalysts in an aqueous environment is of great importance. In this context, we focused on synthesizing and studying a molecular MnIII‐corrole complex, which is modified on the three meso‐positions with polyethylene glycol moieties for direct and selective production of acetic acid from CO2. Electrochemical reduction of MnIII leads to an electroactive MnII species, which binds CO2 and stabilizes the reduced intermediates. This catalyst allows to electrochemically reduce CO2 to acetic acid in a moderate acidic aqueous medium (pH 6) with a selectivity of 63 % and a turn over frequency (TOF) of 8.25 h−1, when immobilized on a carbon paper (CP) electrode. In terms of high selectivity towards acetate, we propose the formation and reduction of an oxalate type intermediate, stabilized at the MnIII‐corrole center.