Copper nanoparticles stabilized by reduced graphene oxide for CO2 reduction reaction

Diego C B Alves, Rafael Silva, Damien Voiry, Teddy Asefa, Manish Chhowalla

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Abstract

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the main gases produced by human activity and is responsible for the green house effect. Numerous routes for CO2 capture and reduction are currently under investigation. Another approach to mitigate the CO2 content in the atmosphere is to convert it into useful species such as hydrocarbon molecules that can be used for fuel. In this view, copper is one of the most interesting catalyst materials for CO2 reduction due to its remarkable ability to generate hydrocarbon fuels. However, its utilization as an effective catalyst for CO2 reduction is hampered by its oxidation and relatively high voltages. We have fabricated hybrid materials for CO2 reduction by combining the activity of copper and the conductivity of reduced graphene oxide (rGO). Cu nanoparticles (CuNPs) deposited on rGO have demonstrated higher current density and lower overpotential compared to other copper-based electrodes that we have tested. The CuNPs on rGO also exhibit better stability, preserving their catalytic activity without degradation for several hours.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalMaterials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015

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Keywords

  • CO reduction
  • Copper nanoparticles
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Reduced graphene oxide
  • Synthetic photosynthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry

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Copper nanoparticles stabilized by reduced graphene oxide for CO2 reduction reaction. / Alves, Diego C B; Silva, Rafael; Voiry, Damien; Asefa, Teddy; Chhowalla, Manish.

In: Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2, 01.03.2015.

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