Confined Growth of Silver–Copper Janus Nanostructures with {100} Facets for Highly Selective Tandem Electrocatalytic Carbon Dioxide Reduction

Yangbo Ma, Jinli Yu, Mingzi Sun, Bo Chen, Xichen Zhou, Chenliang Ye, Zhiqiang Guan, Weihua Guo, Gang Wang, Shiyao Lu, Dongsheng Xia, Yunhao Wang, Zhen He, Long Zheng, Qinbai Yun, Liqiang Wang, Jingwen Zhou, Pengyi Lu, Jinwen Yin, Yifei ZhaoZhongbin Luo, Li Zhai, Lingwen Liao, Zonglong Zhu, Ruquan Ye, Ye Chen, Yang Lu, Shibo Xi, Bolong Huang (Corresponding Author), Chun Sing Lee, Zhanxi Fan

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Abstract

Electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction reaction (CO2RR) holds significant potential to promote carbon neutrality. However, the selectivity toward multicarbon products in CO2RR is still too low to meet practical applications. Here the authors report the delicate synthesis of three kinds of Ag–Cu Janus nanostructures with {100} facets (JNS-100) for highly selective tandem electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to multicarbon products. By controlling the surfactant and reduction kinetics of Cu precursor, the confined growth of Cu with {100} facets on one of the six equal faces of Ag nanocubes is realized. Compared with Cu nanocubes, Ag65–Cu35 JNS-100 demonstrates much superior selectivity for both ethylene and multicarbon products in CO2RR at less negative potentials. Density functional theory calculations reveal that the compensating electronic structure and carbon monoxide spillover in Ag65–Cu35 JNS-100 contribute to the enhanced CO2RR performance. This study provides an effective strategy to design advanced tandem catalysts toward the extensive application of CO2RR.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2110607
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume34
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2022

Keywords

  • asymmetric growth
  • carbon dioxide reduction reaction
  • facets
  • Janus nanostructures
  • tandem catalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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