Microfabricated electrodes unravel the role of interfaces in multicomponent copper-based CO2 reduction catalysts
Larrazábal, Gastón O.
Martín, Antonio J.
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The emergence of synergistic effects in multicomponent catalysts can result in breakthrough advances in the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide. Copper-indium catalysts show high performance toward carbon monoxide production but also extensive structural and compositional changes under operation. The origin of the synergistic effect and the nature of the active phase are not well understood, thus hindering optimization efforts. Here we develop a platform that sheds light into these aspects, based on microfabricated model electrodes that are evaluated under conventional experimental conditions. The relationship among the electrode performance, geometry and composition associates the high carbon monoxide evolution activity of copper-indium catalysts to indium-poor bimetallic phases, which are formed upon exposure to reaction conditions in the vicinity of the interfaces between copper oxide and an indium source. The exploratory extension of this approach to the copper-tin system demonstrates its versatility and potential for the study of complex multicomponent electrocatalysts. Show more
Journal / seriesNature Communications
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PublisherNature Publishing Group
Organisational unit03871 - Pérez-Ramírez, Javier / Pérez-Ramírez, Javier
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