Intrinsically porous polymer protects catalytic gold particles for enzymeless glucose oxidation

Y. Rong, R. Malpass-Evans, M. Carta, N.B. McKeown, G.A. Attard, F. Marken

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The enzymeless glucose oxidation process readily occurs on nano-gold electrocatalyst at pH7, but it is highly susceptible to poisoning (competitive binding), for example from protein or chloride. Is it shown here that gold nanoparticle catalyst can be protected against poisoning by a polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-EA-TB with BET surface area 1027m2g-1). This PIM material when protonated, achieves a triple catalyst protection effect by (i) size selective repulsion of larger protein molecules (albumins) and (ii) membrane ion selection effects, and (iii) membrane ion activity effects. PIM materials allow "environmental control" to be introduced in electrocatalytic processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)904 - 909
Number of pages6
Issue number5
Early online date9 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


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