Operando spectroscopy study of the carbon dioxide electro-reduction by iron species on nitrogen-doped carbon

Genovese, C. et al. (2018) Operando spectroscopy study of the carbon dioxide electro-reduction by iron species on nitrogen-doped carbon. Nature Communications, 9(1), 935. (doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03138-7) (PMID:29507285) (PMCID:PMC5838105)

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Abstract

The carbon–carbon coupling via electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide represents the biggest challenge for using this route as platform for chemicals synthesis. Here we show that nanostructured iron (III) oxyhydroxide on nitrogen-doped carbon enables high Faraday efficiency (97.4%) and selectivity to acetic acid (61%) at very-low potential (−0.5 V vs silver/silver chloride). Using a combination of electron microscopy, operando X-ray spectroscopy techniques and density functional theory simulations, we correlate the activity to acetic acid at this potential to the formation of nitrogen-coordinated iron (II) sites as single atoms or polyatomic species at the interface between iron oxyhydroxide and the nitrogen-doped carbon. The evolution of hydrogen is correlated to the formation of metallic iron and observed as dominant reaction path over iron oxyhydroxide on oxygen-doped carbon in the overall range of negative potential investigated, whereas over iron oxyhydroxide on nitrogen-doped carbon it becomes important only at more negative potentials.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The UK Catalysis Hub is kindly thanked for resources and support provided via our membership of the UK Catalysis Hub Consortium and funded by EPSRC (portfolio grants EP/K014706/1, EP/K014668/1, EP/K014854/1, EP/K014714/1, and EP/I019693/1). We thank HZB for the allocation of synchrotron radiation beamtime (15202970ST). We acknowledge STFC for financial support (grant code ST/N002385/1).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gibson, Dr Emma
Authors: Genovese, C., Schuster, M. E., Gibson, E. K., Gianolio, D., Posligua, V., Grau-Crespo, R., Cibin, G., Wells, P. P., Garai, D., Solokha, V., Krick Calderon, S., Velasco-Velez, J. J., Ampelli, C., Perathoner, S., Held, G., Centi, G., and Arrigo, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Nature Communications
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN:2041-1723
ISSN (Online):2041-1723
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Nature Communications 9(1):935
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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