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Plasma-modified dendritic Cu catalyst for CO2 electroreduction


Scholten,  Fabian
Interface Science, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;
Department of Physics, Ruhr-University Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany;


Roldan Cuenya,  Beatriz
Interface Science, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Scholten, F., Sinev, I., Bernal, M., & Roldan Cuenya, B. (2019). Plasma-modified dendritic Cu catalyst for CO2 electroreduction. ACS Catalysis, 9(6), 5496-5502. doi:10.1021/acscatal.9b00483.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-9DB3-2
Efficient and active catalysts with high selectivity for hydrocarbons and other valuable chemicals during stable operation are crucial. We have taken advantage of low-pressure oxygen plasmas to modify dendritic Cu catalysts and were able to achieve enhanced selectivity towards C2 and C3 products. Utilizing operando spectroscopic methods such as X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (XAFS) and quasi in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) we observed that the initial presence of oxides in these catalysts before the reaction plays an inferior role in determining their catalytic performance as compared the overall catalysts morphology. This is assigned to the poor stability of the CuxO species in these materials under CO2RR conditions. Our findings shed light into the strong structure/chemical state-selectivity correlation in CO2RR and open venues for the rational design of more effective catalysts through plasma pre-treatments.