DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS OF TRINUCLEAR RUTHENIUM COMPLEXES AS EFFECTIVE CATALYSTS OF WATER OXIDATION

Andrew Mills, T. Russell

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Abstract

Ruthenium red, a di-mu-oxo-bridged ruthenium complex, and its oxidised form, ruthenium brown, have been studied as possible homogeneous redox catalysts for the oxidation of water to O2 by Ce(IV) ions in H2SO4 and HCIO4. In both media the Ce(IV) ions oxidised the ruthenium red to brown and, with excess of Ce(IV), decomposed the ruthenium brown irreversibly to product(s) with three weak absorption bands at 390, 523 and 593 nm. Only in HCIO4 did the decomposition product(s) appear to act as a stable O2 catalyst. Spectral evidence tentatively suggests that the active catalyst may be a hydrolysed Ru(IV) polymeric species. The rate of catalysis was proportional to the initial concentration of ruthenium red/brown and the activation energy was determined as 36 +/- 1 kJ mol-1 over the temperature range ambient to ca. 50-degrees-C. At temperatures greater than 50-degrees-C the O2 catalyst undergoes an irreversible thermal decomposition reaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-318
Number of pages6
JournalJOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-FARADAY TRANSACTIONS
Volume87
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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