We demonstrate that functionalized graphene, rich with lattice defects but lean with oxygen sites, catalyzes the reduction of CoIII(bpy)3 as well as platinum does, exhibiting a rate of heterogeneous electron transfer, k0, of ∼6 × 10-3 cm/s. We show this rate to be an order of magnitude higher than on oxygen-site-rich graphene oxide, and over 2 orders of magnitude higher than on the basal plane of graphite (as a surrogate for pristine graphene). Furthermore, dye-sensitized solar cells using defect-rich graphene monolayers perform similarly to those using platinum nanoparticles as the catalyst.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- catalytic activity
- cobalt redox mediator
- dye-sensitized solar cell
- heterogeneous electron transfer
- rate constant