Versatile Tools for Understanding Electrosynthetic Mechanisms. Academic Article uri icon


  • Electrosynthesis is a popular, green alternative to traditional organic methods. Understanding the mechanisms is not trivial yet is necessary to optimize reaction processes. To this end, a multitude of analytical tools is available to identify and quantitate reaction products and intermediates. The first portion of this review serves as a guide that underscores electrosynthesis fundamentals, including instrumentation, electrode selection, impacts of electrolyte and solvent, cell configuration, and methods of electrosynthesis. Next, the broad base of analytical techniques that aid in mechanism elucidation are covered in detail. These methods are divided into electrochemical, spectroscopic, chromatographic, microscopic, and computational. Technique selection is dependent on predicted reaction pathways and electrogenerated intermediates. Often, a combination of techniques must be utilized to ensure accuracy of the proposed model. To conclude, future prospects that aim to enhance the field are discussed.

published proceedings

  • Chem Rev

altmetric score

  • 19.35

author list (cited authors)

  • McKenzie, E., Hosseini, S., Petro, A., Rudman, K. K., Gerroll, B., Mubarak, M. S., Baker, L. A., & Little, R. D.

citation count

  • 34

complete list of authors

  • McKenzie, Eric CR||Hosseini, Seyyedamirhossein||Petro, Ana G Couto||Rudman, Kelly K||Gerroll, Benjamin HR||Mubarak, Mohammad S||Baker, Lane A||Little, R Daniel

publication date

  • February 2022