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Achieving Efficient CO2 Electrochemical Reduction on Tunable In(OH)3‑Coupled Cu2O‑Derived Hybrid Catalysts

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posted on 2019-05-31, 00:00 authored by Tengfei Li, Hongmei Wei, Tianmo Liu, Gengfeng Zheng, Subiao Liu, Jing-Li Luo
Tunable In­(OH)3-coupled Cu2O-derived hybrid catalysts are facilely synthesized to boost the selectivity and efficiency of the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR). The maximum faradaic efficiency (FE) of 90.37% for CO production is achieved at −0.8 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode. The mechanistic discussion suggests that the composition-dependent synergistic effect results in the enhanced selectivity for CO on the hybrid catalyst. By increasing the concentration of the electrolyte, a dramatically enhanced current density of 40.17 mA cm–2 was achieved at −1.0 V in 0.7 M KHCO3. Furthermore, a KHCO3 electrolyte with high concentration promotes the selectivity of CO2RR over the low overpotential range. At a low overpotential of 290 mV, the increased FE for CO of 74.05% is obtained in 0.7 M KHCO3 as compared to that of 57.04% in 0.1 M KHCO3. Combining with the synergistic effect of the catalyst and the concentration effect of the electrolyte, the hybrid catalyst achieves high efficiency, high selectivity, and high stability for CO2RR.