Mixed Copper States in Anodized Cu Electrocatalyst for Stable and Selective Ethylene Production from CO 2 Reduction

Si Young Lee, Hyejin Jung, Nak Kyoon Kim, Hyung Suk Oh, Byoung Koun Min, Yun Jeong Hwang

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Oxygen-Cu (O-Cu) combination catalysts have recently achieved highly improved selectivity for ethylene production from the electrochemical CO 2 reduction reaction (CO 2 RR). In this study, we developed anodized copper (AN-Cu) Cu(OH) 2 catalysts by a simple electrochemical synthesis method and achieved ∼40% Faradaic efficiency for ethylene production, and high stability over 40 h. Notably, the initial reduction conditions applied to AN-Cu were critical to achieving selective and stable ethylene production activity from the CO 2 RR, as the initial reduction condition affects the structures and chemical states, crucial for highly selective and stable ethylene production over methane. A highly negative reduction potential produced a catalyst maintaining long-term stability for the selective production of ethylene over methane, and a small amount of Cu(OH) 2 was still observed on the catalyst surface. Meanwhile, when a mild reduction condition was applied to the AN-Cu, the Cu(OH) 2 crystal structure and mixed states disappeared on the catalyst, becoming more favorable to methane production after few hours. These results show the selectivity of ethylene to methane in O-Cu combination catalysts is influenced by the electrochemical reduction environment related to the mixed valences. This will provide new strategies to improve durability of O-Cu combination catalysts for C-C coupling products from electrochemical CO 2 conversion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8681-8689
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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