Coordination-Driven Self-Assembly of Cofacial Porphyrin Prisms as Oxygen Reduction Catalysts
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This thesis encompasses a suite of coordination-driven self-assembled porphyrin prisms differing in the molecular clips linking two porphyrin faces in a cofacial arrangement. The goal of this work was to apply the facile synthesis methods to rationally design cofacial catalysts and analyze the activity towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Specifically, we have explored how different molecular clips affected the prisms’ activity, selectivity, overpotential, and kinetics. High selectivity towards H2O and low overpotential are key requirements of an oxygen reduction catalyst for applications in fuel cells.