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Bulk electronic transport impacts on electron transfer at conducting polymer electrode-electrolyte interfaces.

A new interesting article has been published in Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Nov 5. pii: 201806087. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1806087115. [Epub ahead of print] and titled:

Bulk electronic transport impacts on electron transfer at conducting polymer electrode-electrolyte interfaces.

Authors of this article are:

Wijeratne K, Ail U, Brooke R, Vagin M, Liu X, Fahlman M, Crispin X.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Electrochemistry is an old but still flourishing field of research due to the importance of the efficiency and kinetics of electrochemical reactions in industrial processes and (bio-)electrochemical devices. The heterogeneous electron transfer from an electrode to a reactant in the solution has been well studied for metal, semiconductor, metal oxide, and carbon electrodes. For those electrode materials, there is little correlation between the electronic transport within the electrode material and the electron transfer occurring at the interface between the electrode and the solution. Here, we investigate the heterogeneous electron transfer between a conducting polymer electrode and a redox couple in an electrolyte. As a benchmark system, we use poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and the Ferro/ferricyanide redox couple in an aqueous electrolyte. We discovered a strong correlation between the electronic transport within the PEDOT electrode and the rate of electron transfer to the organometallic molecules in solution. We attribute this to a percolation-based charge transport within the polymer electrode directly involved in the electron transfer. We show the impact of this finding by optimizing an electrochemical thermogalvanic cell that transforms a heat flux into electrical power. The power generated by the cell increased by four orders of magnitude on changing the morphology and conductivity of the polymer electrode. As all conducting polymers are recognized to have percolation transport, we believe that this is a general phenomenon for this family of conductors.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as:

conducting polymer;electron transfer;thermogalvanic cell

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