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[ASAP] High-Performance Electrohydrogenation of N2 to NH3 Catalyzed by Multishelled Hollow Cr2O3 Microspheres under Ambient Conditions

[ASAP] High-Performance Electrohydrogenation of N2 to NH3 Catalyzed by Multishelled Hollow Cr2O3 Microspheres under Ambient Conditions
Weibin Qiu, Yongjun Ma, Ya Zhang, Tingshuai Li, Ziqi Tian, Liang Chen, Guanwei Cui, Fengyu Xie, Yonglan Luo, Xuping Sun
Electrohydrogenation of N2 to NH3 is emerging as an environmentally benign strategy to tackle the issues associated with the energy-intensive, CO2-emitting Haber–Bosch process. However, the method is severely challenged by N2 activation and needs efficient N2 reduction reaction (NRR) catalysts. Here, we report that multishelled hollow Cr2O3 microspheres (MHCMs), which are synthesized by a facile synthetic route, can serve as efficient and selective non-noble metal electrocatalysts for NRR. In 0.1 M Na2SO4 solution, the MHCMs achieve a high Faradaic efficiency (6.78%) and a large NH3 yield (25.3 μg h–1 mgcat–1) at −0.9 V vs reversible hydrogen electrode. The MHCMs also exhibit high stability during the reaction. Density functional theory calculations suggest that NRR over MHCMs occurs via both distal associative and partially alternative routes.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.8b02311

DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b02311

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