Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis



Thesis Type

Honors College

First Advisor

William E. Geiger


porphyrins, oxygen reduction, surface-bound


The attachment nonmetal and magnesium ethynyl terminated porphyrin (TEPP and MgTEPP) to glassy carbon electrode was achieved through voltammetry. These attached porphyrins were studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and UV-visible spectroscopy. Surface-bound TEPP displayed reversible oxidation and reduction (E1/2 = 0.52 V and E1/2 = -1.74 V vs. ferrocene), and absorbance peak of 425 nm on indium tin oxide (ITO). While surface-bound MgTEPP possessed two reversible oxidations (E1/2 = 0.61 V and E1/2 = 0.97 V vs. Ag/AgCl) and an irreversible (Epc = -1.65 V vs. Ag/AgCl). MgTEPP had an absorbance maximum at 431 nm on ITO. Both porphyrins had irreversible pre-waves, which could be regenerated. This is the first example of covalently-bound Mg porphyrin to an electrode surface.

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