Electrochemical reduction of oxygen with iron phthalocyanine in neutral media

Eileen Hao Yu, Shaoan Cheng, Bruce E. Logan, Keith Scott

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Recent interest in electricity production using microbial fuel cells makes it important to better understand O2 reduction in neutral solutions with non-precious metal catalysts. Higher O2 reduction activity was obtained using iron phthalocyanine supported on Ketjen black carbon (FePc-KJB) than with a platinum catalyst in neutral pH. At low overpotentials, a Tafel slope close to -0.06 V/dec in both acid and neutral pH suggested that the mechanism of O2 reduction on FePc is not changed with the change of pH, and the reaction is mainly controlled by FeII/FeIII redox couple. This behaviour gives us new insight into catalysis using FePc, and further supports the use of FePc as a promising catalyst for the oxygen reduction applications in neutral media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-711
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Electrochemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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