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Anion dependent CO/H2 production ratio from CO2 reduction on Au electro-catalyst

Anion dependent CO/H2 production ratio from CO2 reduction on Au electro-catalyst
In this study, we first demonstrate that CO production selectivity from CO2 on Au electro-catalyst depends on the type of electrolyte anion. Comparing the faradaic efficiencies of H2, HCOO and CO in the presence of different anions such as Cl, HPO4 2−, SO4 2− and HCO3 at constant potential of −0.7V (vs. RHE), we observe that the CO/H2 ratio could be enhanced due to strongly adsorbed anion such as Cl. Although HPO4 2− is more strongly adsorbed than SO4 2− and HCO3 on the surface of electrode, CO2 reduction in HPO4 2− containing solution exhibited a minimum faradaic efficiency of CO (11%) but a maximum faradaic efficiency of H2 (70%). Based on physicochemical analytical tools (LSV, EIS, SEM, XPS and XRD) and according to previous studies, we conclude that the product distribution is associated with distinct properties caused by characteristic of each anion when adsorbed on the electrode surface such as specific adsorption strength and intrinsic characteristic of anions.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S092058611730384X

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