Detection of catalytic intermediates at an electrode surface during carbon dioxide reduction by an earth-abundant catalyst



Neri, G ORCID: 0000-0003-1326-9327, Teobaldi, G ORCID: 0000-0001-6068-6786, Walsh, JJ, Donaldson, PM and Cowan, AJ ORCID: 0000-0001-9032-3548
(2018) Detection of catalytic intermediates at an electrode surface during carbon dioxide reduction by an earth-abundant catalyst. Nature Catalysis, 1 (12). 952 - 959.

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Abstract

The electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 offers a sustainable route to the many carbon fuels and feedstocks that society relies on. [fac-Mn(bpy)(CO)3Br] (bpy, 2,2-bipyridine) is one of the most promising and intensely studied CO2 reduction electrocatalysts. However, the catalytic mechanism remains experimentally unproven and many key intermediates of the prototypical catalyst have not been observed. Here we report the use of vibrational sum-frequency generation spectroscopy to study the catalytic intermediates during CO2 reduction in situ at the electrode surface. We explore the complex applied-potential and acid-dependent mechanistic pathways and provide evidence of the theoretically derived mechanisms. Demonstrating the ability to detect the key species that are only transiently present at the electrode surface is important as the need for an improved mechanistic understanding is a common theme throughout the field of molecular electrocatalysis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Catalytic mechanisms, Electrocatalysis, Homogenuous catalysis, Physical chemistry, Optical spectroscopy
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 07:29
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2022 10:48
DOI: 10.1038/s41929-018-0169-3
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3027289