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An ultra-high vacuum electrochemical/mass spectrometry study of anodic decomposition of a protic ionic liquid

Goodwin, Sean; Gibson, Joshua; Jones, Robert; Walsh, Darren A.

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Authors

Sean Goodwin

Joshua Gibson

Robert Jones

DARREN WALSH DARREN.WALSH@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Chemistry



Abstract

Protic ionic liquids (PILs) are ionic liquids that are formed by proton transfer from Brønsted acids to Brønsted bases, and which are being proposed for use in a wide range of electrochemical devices. In this contribution, we describe electrolysis of the PIL diethylmethylammonium trifluoromethanesulfonate at Pd, Pt, and Au electrodes in an ultra- high vacuum chamber connected to a mass spectrometer. At potentials negative of about −0.8 V vs. Pd/H, reduction of the PIL cations occurs, liberating H2. Positive of about 2.2 V vs. Pd/H, electrooxidation of the PIL anions occurs, resulting in the detection of a number of fragments of the trifluoromethanesulfonate ions using the mass spectrometer. Notably, electrooxidation of the PIL anions occurs at the same potential, regardless of whether Pt, Au, or Pd is used as the electrode. In contrast, electrooxidation of water in the PIL occurs at different potentials in the PIL as the electrode composition changes. These results show that the electrochemical window of the PIL is independent of the electrode composition, but if water is present in the liquid, this independence is masked by the electrolysis of water.

Citation

Goodwin, S., Gibson, J., Jones, R., & Walsh, D. A. (2018). An ultra-high vacuum electrochemical/mass spectrometry study of anodic decomposition of a protic ionic liquid. Electrochemistry Communications, 90, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.elecom.2018.04.013

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 11, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 12, 2018
Publication Date May 1, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 25, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 13, 2019
Journal Electrochemistry Communications
Print ISSN 1388-2481
Electronic ISSN 1388-2481
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 90
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.elecom.2018.04.013
Keywords ionic liquids; electrochemical window; mass spectrometry; ultra-high vacuum
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/961778
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1388248118300833?via%3Dihub

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