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Investigation of electrocatalytic behaviour of low symmetry cobalt phthalocyanines when clicked to azide grafted carbon electrodes

Latest updated: May 29, 2020

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelechem.2020.113896

Authors: Lekhetho S Mpeta, Pinar Se,n Tebello Nyokong




This work describes the electrochemical properties of low symmetry cobalt phthalocyanines namely, tris-[(4-tert-butylphenoxy)-4-(pent-4-yn-1-yloxy) phthalocyaniato] cobalt (II) (3) and tris-[(4-tert-butylphenoxy)-4-(4-ethybylbenzyl-oxy) phthalocyaniato] cobalt (II) (5). The complexes were characterized by a number of techniques including UV–Vis, mass, and infrared spectra, as well as elemental analysis. The glassy carbon electrodes were first azide functionalized then clicked to low symmetry phthalocyanines. The click reaction was confirmed using X-ray photoelectron spectra. The constructed electrodes showed excellent electrocatalytic activity towards hydrazine oxidation. Oxidation peaks with low potentials of 0.21 V and 0.26 V, for complexes 3 and 5, respectively were obtained. Complex-5 gave a better detection limit of 0.94 μM and electrocatalytic rate constant of 5.6 × 106 M−1 s−1.


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