Electrochemistry Everywhere

Data collected from the electrochemistry studies from the last few weeks gave us interesting results on the metal ligand complexes, leading to the growth of the family. There are a variety of studies that are done using electrochemistry, one of which is changing the acid concentration the complex is tested in. The main metal complex I studied the past academic year was found to decompose after being exposed to air during this test, making it a bit difficult to conduct the study. However, this particular complex is shown to reduce hydrogen at a more positive reduction potential than the one it is based off of, supporting our hypothesis about the effects of electron donating and withdrawing groups. Currently I am conducting a study where the complex is dissolved in buffer solutions of varying pH to determine how well the complex works in different acidic conditions, particularly pH 7 since the ultimate goal is to synthesize a complex that works in water. The next goal is to obtain various electrochemistry results that give insight into the mechanism and characteristics of the catalytic ability of the complex to generate hydrogen.

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