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Strategies for enhancing electrochemical CO2 reduction to multi-carbon fuels on copper

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    1. Avenues to boost CO2 electroreduction to C2+ products are summarized.

      How the catalyst structure can be designed to enhance performance is discussed.

      Opportunities in the electroreduction of CO2 into multi-carbon fuels are presented.

  • Productively harnessing CO2 as a reactant is of practical interest due to addressing the dual pressures of resource sustainability and environmental sustainability. Electrochemical CO2 reduction (ECR) offers a promising approach for driving the chemical transformation of CO2 by exploiting green renewably generated electricity at (near) room temperature and ambient pressure, facilitating a sustainable, low-carbon footprint future. In this work, we provide a comprehensive and timely review of the various avenues that have been developed to date to modulate product selectivity, stability, and efficiency toward C2+ using Cu-based electrocatalysts. We discuss how the electrocatalyst structure can be effectively designed in order to boost performance. Special attention is paid to some of the critical intermediate species that shed light on CO2 reduction paths. We will also discuss the application of in situ and operando spectroscopy, along with computational techniques, that help to improve our fundamental understanding of ECR. Finally, development opportunities and challenge in the conversion of CO2 into multi-carbon fuels by Cu-based electrocatalysts are presented.
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    Li X., Chen Y., Zhan X., et al., (2023). Strategies for enhancing electrochemical CO2 reduction to multi-carbon fuels on copper. The Innovation Materials 1(1), 100014. https://doi.org/10.59717/j.xinn-mater.2023.100014
    Li X., Chen Y., Zhan X., et al., (2023). Strategies for enhancing electrochemical CO2 reduction to multi-carbon fuels on copper. The Innovation Materials 1(1), 100014. https://doi.org/10.59717/j.xinn-mater.2023.100014

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