Surface-oxygen induced electrochemical self-assembly of mesoporous conducting polymers for electrocatalysis

Lahiri, Abhishek, Chutia, Arunabhiram, Carstens, Timo and Endres, Frank (2020) Surface-oxygen induced electrochemical self-assembly of mesoporous conducting polymers for electrocatalysis. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 167 (11). ISSN 0013-4651

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Surface-Oxygen Induced Electrochemical Self-Assembly of Mesoporous Conducting Polymers for Electrocatalysis
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Porous polymers have immense potential in catalysis, energy conversion and storage, separation sciences and life sciences due to their high surface area and high diffusion flux. Developing
porous polymers with micro and mesoscale porosity with long-range order is challenging and involves multistep templated approaches. Here we demonstrate a simple surface-oxygen induced
electropolymerization route to directly obtain self-assembled porous polymers of polyparaphenylene (PPP) and PPP based copolymers in ionic liquids. By combining experimental
and theoretical studies, we show that surface oxygen on Cu changes the orientation and assembly of benzene which then results in a change in electropolymerization mechanism leading to a selfassembled
porous structure with porosity between 2 and 5 μm. Furthermore, with controlled experimental parameters, bicontinuous conducting polymers with porosity of >10 μm are
obtained. The porous conducting polymers show absorption of light in the visible range which was also used as an efficient electrode for investigation of the photo/electrochemical oxygen
evolution reaction.

Keywords:Porous polymers, electropolymerization, self-assembled porous polymers, conducting Polymers, DFT
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F100 Chemistry
Divisions:College of Science > School of Chemistry
ID Code:41194
Deposited On:13 Jul 2020 10:18

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