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Title: Electrochemical Detection of Transient Cobalt Hydride Intermediates of Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production

We report the use of variable scan rate cyclic voltammetry to detect transient CoIIIH and CoIIH intermediates of electrocatalytic H2 production by CoII(dmgBF2)2(CH3CN)2 and [CoII(PtBu2NPh2)(CH3CN)3]2+. In both cases, reduction of the CoIIIH intermediate was observed to coincide with the CoII/I couple, and the resulting CoIIH intermediate is protonated by acid to afford H2. Our studies indicate that in electrocatalytic H2 production, protonation of CoIIH is rate-limiting for CoII(dmgBF2)2(CH3CN)2, and protonation of CoI is rate-limiting for [CoII(PtBu2NPh2)(CH3CN)3]2+. This research was supported as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Journal Name: Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138(26):8309-8318
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
cobalt; electrocatalysis; hydrogen