Alloyed Palladium–Silver Nanowires Enabling Ultrastable Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Formate

Na Han, Mingzi Sun, Yuan Zhou, Jie Xu, Chen Cheng, Rui Zhou, Liang Zhang, Jun Luo, Bolong Huang (Corresponding Author), Yanguang Li

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Palladium can enable the electrochemical CO2 reduction to formate with nearly zero overpotential and good selectivity. However, it usually has very limited stability owing to CO poisoning from the side reaction intermediate. Herein, it is demonstrated that alloying palladium with silver is a viable strategy to significantly enhance the electrocatalytic stability. Palladium–silver alloy nanowires are prepared in aqueous solution with tunable chemical compositions, large aspect ratio, and roughened surfaces. Thanks to the unique synergy between palladium and silver, these nanowires exhibit outstanding electrocatalytic performances for selective formate production. Most remarkably, impressive long-term stability is measured even at < -0.4 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode where people previously believed that formate cannot be stably formed on palladium. Such stability results from the enhanced CO tolerance and selective stabilization of key reaction intermediates on alloy nanowires as supported by detailed electrochemical characterizations and theoretical computations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2005821
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2021


  • CO poisoning
  • electrochemical CO reduction
  • formate
  • palladium–silver nanowires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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