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Researchers Develop Highly Efficient Ampere-Level CO2 Reduction to Multicarbon Products via Stepwise Hollow-Fiber Penetration Electrodes
date: 2023-06-05

Though efficient C2+ production from CO2 electrocatalytic reduction reaction (CO2ERR) has become a promising approach to mitigate CO2 emissions and store intermittent renewable energy, it suffers from low selectivity and undesired side reactions.

Recent studies have shown that serial hollow-fiber penetration electrodes (HPEs) can improve the CO2ERR performance significantly by forcing CO2 to disperse and penetrate through the abundant pores on HPE wall, which greatly boosted CO2ERR kinetics.

To promote the selectivity and current density for C2+ products simultaneously, a research team led by Profs. CHEN Wei and WEI Wei from the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences developed a stepwise CO2ERR strategy using Ag and Cu HPEs to reach high-rate C2+ production.

The results were published in Appl. Catal. B-Environ. on 28th May, 2023.

Specifically, for stepwise CO2 electroreduction, CO2 was firstly reduced into CO over a chloride ion regulated Ag hollow-fiber penetration electrodes with a 3.2 Acm-2 partial current density and a 90.3% faradaic efficiency of CO. Then, a chloride ion regulated Cu hollow-fiber penetration further converted CO into C2+ products with a 1.8 A cm-2 partial current density and a 90.5% faradaic efficiency of C2+ products. Both steps were steadily conducted under total current density of 2 Acm-2 for 200 hours.

Experimental results and density functional theory calculations show that synergetic combination of the unique penetration effect and the regulated electronic structures resulted in the superior performance toward C2+ production

This work shed light on designing electrocatalytic systems with exceedingly efficient CO2 electroreduction of high current density and selectivity as well as good durability, which might contribute to the scalable CO2 electroreduction applications towards high-value C2+ chemicals.

Schematic diagram for highly efficient ampere-level CO2 reduction to multicarbon products via stepwise hollow-fiber penetration electrodes (Image by SARI)