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Bio-inspired hydrophobicity promotes CO2 reduction on a Cu surface

Authors
  • Wakerley, David1
  • Lamaison, Sarah1
  • Ozanam, François2
  • Menguy, Nicolas3
  • Mercier, Dimitri4
  • Marcus, Philippe4
  • Fontecave, Marc1
  • Mougel, Victor1, 5
  • 1 CNRS UMR 8229, Collège de France, Laboratoire de Chimie des Processus Biologiques, Paris, France , Paris (France)
  • 2 CNRS-École Polytechnique, Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Palaiseau Cédex, France , Palaiseau Cédex (France)
  • 3 Sorbonne Université, UMR CNRS 7590, MNHN, IRD, Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux et de Cosmochimie, IMPMC, Paris, France , Paris (France)
  • 4 Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, Physical Chemistry of Surfaces Group, ChimieParisTech-CNRS, Paris, France , Paris (France)
  • 5 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, Zürich, Switzerland , Zürich (Switzerland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nature Materials
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Aug 05, 2019
Volume
18
Issue
11
Pages
1222–1227
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/s41563-019-0445-x
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

Aqueous electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 into alcohol and hydrocarbon fuels is a sustainable route towards energy-rich chemical feedstocks. A superhydrophobic surface of hierarchically structured Cu dendrites exhibits a significant increase in CO2 reduction selectivity.

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