Tuning Single-Atom Dopants on Manganese Oxide for Selective Electrocatalytic Cyclooctene Epoxidation

Minju Chung, Kyoungsuk Jin, Joy S. Zeng, Thu N. Ton, Karthish Manthiram

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Selective and efficient electrocatalysts are imperative for the successful deployment of electrochemistry toward synthetic applications. In this study, we used galvanic replacement reactions to synthesize iridium-decorated manganese oxide nanoparticles, which showed a cyclooctene epoxidation partial current density of 10.5 ± 2.8 mA/cm2and a Faradaic efficiency of 46 ± 4%. Results from operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy suggest that manganese leaching from the nanoparticles during galvanic replacement introduces lattice vacancies that make the nanoparticles more susceptible to metal oxidation and catalyst reconstruction under an applied anodic potential. This results in an increased presence of electrophilic oxygen atoms on the catalyst surface during reaction conditions, which may contribute to the enhanced electrocatalytic activity toward cyclooctene epoxidation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17416-17422
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Sept 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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