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In situ identification of intermediates of benzyl chloride reduction at a silver electrode by SERS coupled with DFT calculations.

Journal of the American Chemical Society (2010-06-26)
An Wang, Yi-Fan Huang, Ujjal Kumar Sur, De-Yin Wu, Bin Ren, Sandra Rondinini, Christian Amatore, Zhong-Qun Tian
ABSTRACT

Aiming to deeply understand the electrocatalytic mechanism of silver on reduction of benzyl chloride, we carried out an in situ electrochemical surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic study to characterize various surface species in different electrode potential regions. A further analysis with DFT calculation reveals that the benzyl radical and its anionic derivate bonded on a silver electrode are the key intermediates, implying that the pathway could drastically differ from the outer sphere concerted electron reduction at inert electrodes.

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Benzyl chloride, ReagentPlus®, 99%, contains ≤1% propylene oxide as stabilizer