Operando Spectroscopic Investigation of a Boron-Doped CuO Catalyst and Its Role in Selective Electrochemical C-C Coupling

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Partially positive-charged copper (Cu delta+) is known to boost the formation of highly valued multicarbon C2+ products during the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR). In this work, we doped boron in copper oxide (B-CuO) to create Cu delta+ sites and studied two important aspects regarding the CO2 RR: (1) the direct observation of the CO reaction intermediate on the Cu delta+ surface and (2) the role of Cu delta+ in enhancing C2+ selectivity. Operando attenuated total reflection surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy (ATR-SEIRAS) showed that distinct CO intermediates were present on CuO and B-CuO surfaces during the CO2RR. We observed that multiple CO adsorption sites and strong adsorption of the CO intermediate on the Cu delta+ surface promote the C-C coupling reaction in B-CuO. As a result, we achieved a C2+ Faradaic efficiency of 62.1% at -0.62 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode on B-CuO. In contrast, only 48% was achieved at -0.6S V on the CuO catalyst.
Publisher
AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Issue Date
2020-11
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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ACS APPLIED ENERGY MATERIALS, v.3, no.11, pp.11343 - 11349

ISSN
2574-0962
DOI
10.1021/acsaem.0c02284
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/280526
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MS-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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