Dynamic Reoxidation/Reduction-Driven Atomic Interdiffusion for Highly Selective CO2Reduction toward Methane

Chia Jui Chang, Sheng Chih Lin, Hsiao Chien Chen, Jiali Wang, Kai Jen Zheng, Yanping Zhu, Hao Ming Chen

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Understanding the dynamic structural reconstruction/transformation of catalysts during electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) is highly desired for developing more efficient and selective catalysts, yet still lacks in-depth realization. Herein, we study a model system of copper nanowires with various degrees of silver modifications as electrocatalysts for CO2RR. Among them, the Cu68Ag32 nanowire catalyst achieves the highest activity and selectivity toward methane with an extremely high faradaic efficiency of ∼60%, about 3 times higher than that of primitive Cu nanowires, and even surpasses the most efficient catalysts for producing methane. By using in situ grazing-angle X-ray scattering/diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and Raman techniques, we found that the Cu68Ag32 nanowires underwent an irreversible structural reconstruction and well-stabilized chemical state of Cu on the catalyst surface under the working CO2RR conditions, which greatly facilitates the CO2 to methane conversion. Further analysis reveals that the restructuring phenomenon can be ascribed to a reoxidation/reduction-driven atomic interdiffusion between Cu and Ag. This work reveals the first empirical demonstration by deploying comprehensive in situ techniques to track the dynamic structural reconstruction/transformation in a model bimetallic system, which not only establishes a good understanding of the correlation between catalyst surface structure and catalytic selectivity but also provides deep insights into designing more developed electrocatalysts for CO2RR and beyond.

頁(從 - 到)12119-12132
期刊Journal of the American Chemical Society
出版狀態Published - 2020 七月 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 催化
  • 化學 (全部)
  • 生物化學
  • 膠體和表面化學


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