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Conducting Polymer Electrocatalysts for Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Reactions: Toward Organic Fuel Cells with Forest Fuels
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8478-4663
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
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2018 (English)In: Advanced Sustainable Systems, ISSN 2366-7486, Vol. 317Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Lignin is one of the most abundant biopolymers, constituting 25% of plants. The pulp and paper industries extract lignin in their process and today seek new applications for this by-product. Here, it is reported that the aromatic alcohols obtained from lignin depolymerization can be used as fuel in high power density electrical power sources. This study shows that the conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), fabricated from abundant ele-ments via low temperature synthesis, enables efficient, direct, and reversible chemical-to-electrical energy conversion of aromatic alcohols such as lignin residues in aqueous media. A material operation principle related to the rela-tively high molecular diffusion and ionic conductivity within the conducting polymer matrix, ensuring efficient uptake of protons in the course of proton-coupled electron transfers between organic molecules is proposed.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2018. Vol. 317
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Chemical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148575DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201800021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-148575DiVA, id: diva2:1217854
Available from: 2018-06-13 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2019-11-05
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1. Electrochemical Reactions of Quinones at Conducting Polymer Electrodes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Electrochemical Reactions of Quinones at Conducting Polymer Electrodes
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Proton-coupled multielectron transfer reactions are of great abundance in Nature. In particular, two-proton-two-electron transfers in quinone/hydroquinone redox couples are behind oxidative phosphorylation (ADP-to-ATP) and photosystem II. The redox processes of neurotransmitters, as a platform for brain activity read-out, are two-proton two-electron transfers of quinones. Moreover, humic acids, which constitute a major organic fraction of soil, turf, coal, and lignin, which forms as a large-scale surplus product from forest and paper industry, contain a large quantity of polyphenols, which can undergo the exchange of two electrons per aromatic ring accompanied with transfers of two protons. This makes polyphenol-based biopolymers, such as lignin, promising green-chemistry renewable materials for electrical energy storage or generation. The application of intact or depolymerized polyphenols in electrical energy devices such as fuel cells and redox flow batteries requires appropriate electrode materials to ensure efficient proton-coupled electron transfer reactions occurring at the solid-liquid interface. Moreover, investigation of the biological quinones reaction calls for porous, soft, biocompatible materials as implantable devices to reduce the rejection reaction and pain.

At common electrode materials such as platinum and carbons, quinone/hydroquinone redox processes are rather irreversible; in addition, platinum is very costly. Conducting polymers (CPs), poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) in particular, offer an attractive option as metal-free electrode material for these reactions due to their molecular porosity, high electrical and ionic conductivity, solution processability, resistance to acid media, as well as high atomic abundance of their constituents.

This thesis explores the possibility of utilizing CPs as electrode materials for driving various quinone redox reactions. Firstly, we studied the electrocatalytic activity and mechanism of PEDOTs for the generic hydroquinone reaction and their application in a fuel cell. Secondly, the mechanism of integrating lignosulfonate (LS) into CP matrices and optimization strategies were explored in order to boost energy storage capacity. Thirdly, we attained mechanistic understanding of the influence of ionic transport and proton management on the thermodynamics and kinetics of the electrocatalysis on CPs, thereby providing steps towards the design of quinone-based electrical energy storage devices, such as organic redox flow batteries (ORFB).

Abstract [sv]

Proton-kopplade multielektronöverföringsreaktioner är vanligt förekommande i naturen. Exempelvis ligger två-proton-två-elektronöverföringar i kinon/hydrokinon-redoxpar bakom oxidativ fosforylering (ADP-till-ATP) och fotosystem II. Redoxprocesserna för neurotransmittorer, som en plattform för avläsning av hjärnaktivitet, är två-proton tvåelektronöverföringar av kinoner. Dessutom innehåller huminsyror, som utgör en stor organisk fraktion av mark, torv och kol och lignin, och som också är en överskottsprodukt från skogs- och pappersindustrin, en stor mängd polyefenoler, som kan genomgå utbyte av två elektroner per aromatisk ring åtföljt av överföringar av två protoner. Detta gör polyfenolbaserade biopolymerer, såsom lignin, lovande som förnybara material för lagring eller produktion av elektrisk energi. Applicering av intakta eller depolymeriserade polyfenoler i elektriska energianordningar såsom bränsleceller och redoxflödesbatterier kräver lämpliga elektrodmaterial för att säkerställa effektiva protonkopplade elektronöverföringsreaktioner som sker vid gränsytan mot vätska.

Vid vanliga elektrodmaterial, såsom platina och kol, är kinon / hydrokinon-redox-processer i stort sett irreversibla; dessutom är platina mycket kostsamt. Ledande polymerer (CP, akronymer på engelska), och särskilt poly (3,4-etylendioxytiofen) (PEDOT) erbjuder ett attraktivt alternativ som metallfritt elektrodmaterial för dessa reaktioner på grund av deras molekylära porositet, höga elektriska och joniska ledningsförmåga, processerbarhet i lösningsform, motståndskraft mot syror, samt överflöd av deras beståndsdelar.

I denna avhandling undersöks möjligheten att använda CP som elektrodmaterial för att driva olika kinonredoxreaktioner. För det första studerar vi den elektrokatalytiska aktiviteten och mekanismen för PEDOT mot den generiska hydrokinonreaktionen och dess tillämpning i en bränslecell. För det andra undersöks mekanismen för lignosulfonat (LS) -integration i CPmatris och optimeringsstrategier för att öka energilagringskapaciteten. För det tredje uppnådde vi mekanistisk förståelse för jontransportens och protonhanteringens effekter på termodynamiken och kinetiken för elektrokatalys på CP, vilket är värdefullt för design av kinonbaserade enheter för lagring av elektrisk energi, till exempel organiska redoxflödesbatterier (ORFB).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2019. p. 78
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 2033
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Other Chemical Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161645 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-161645 (DOI)9789179299583 (ISBN)
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2019-11-29, K3, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-11-05 Created: 2019-11-05 Last updated: 2019-11-25Bibliographically approved

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