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Type: Journal article
Title: Surface and interface engineering in copper-based bimetallic materials for selective CO₂ electroreduction
Other Titles: Surface and interface engineering in copper-based bimetallic materials for selective CO(2) electroreduction
Author: Vasileff, A.
Xu, C.
Jiao, Y.
Zheng, Y.
Qiao, S.
Citation: Chem, 2018; 4(8):1809-1831
Publisher: Elsevier; Cell Press
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2451-9308
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Anthony Vasileff, Chaochen Xu, Yan Jiao, Yao Zheng and Shi-Zhang Qiao
Abstract: The electrochemical CO₂ reduction reaction (CO₂RR) can couple carbon-capture storage with renewable energy to convert CO₂ into chemical feedstocks. For this process, copper is the only metal known to catalyze the CO₂RR to hydrocarbons with adequate efficiency, but it suffers from poor selectivity. Copper bimetallic materials have recently shown an improvement in CO₂RR selectivity compared with that of copper, such that the secondary metal is likely to play an important role in altering inherent adsorption energetics. This review explores the fundamental role of the secondary metal with a focus on how oxygen (O) and hydrogen (H) affinity affect selectivity in bimetallic electrocatalysts. Here, we identify four metal groups categorized by O and H affinities to determine their CO₂RR selectivity trends. By considering experimental and computational studies, we link the effects of extrinsic chemical composition and physical structure to intrinsic intermediate adsorption and reaction pathway selection. After this, we summarize some general trends and propose design strategies for future electrocatalysts.
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier Inc.
RMID: 0030090262
DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2018.05.001
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