Electrochemical characterization and electrocatalysis of high valent manganese meso-tetrakis(N-methyl-2-pyridyl)porphyrin

Fang-Chung Chen, Shu Hua Cheng, Chih Hsing Yu, Mao Huang Liu, Y. Oliver Su

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Electrochemical oxidation of water-soluble manganese(III) meso-tetrakis(N-methyl-2-pyridyl)porphyrin (MnIII(2-TMPyP) generates stable MnIV and MnV porphyrins. Speciation of various oxidation states of the porphyrin are characterized by spectroelectrochemical methods. The acid dissociation constants (pKas) for MnIII(2-TMPyP)(H2O)2 are 9.6 and 10.7, respectively. Spectroelectrochemical results of the one-electron oxidation of MnIII(2-TMPyP) exhibit different forms of oxomanganese(IV) porphyrin, depending on the pH of the solution and the applied potential. The pKa for O=MnIV(2-TMPyP)(H2O) is 10.5. The axial oxygen atom ligated to the Mn(IV) center is protonated in acidic solution (pKa 3.4). Further one-electron oxidation generates dioxomanganese(V) porphyrin, (O)2MnV(2-TMPyP), which is stable in alkaline solution at room temperature. No oxidation wave is observed in the cyclic voltammograms, indicating the slow heterogeneous electron transfer rate of these oxidation reactions. The electrogenerated dioxomanganese(V) porphyrin exhibits higher reactivity toward olefin oxidation than oxomanganese(IV) porphyrin in basic solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-59
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 16 Sep 1999

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