The importance of surface morphology in controlling the selectivity of polycrystalline copper for CO2 electroreduction.

Center for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality, Department of Physics, Building 312, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (Impact Factor: 3.83). 11/2011; 14(1):76-81. DOI: 10.1039/c1cp22700a
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ABSTRACT This communication examines the effect of the surface morphology of polycrystalline copper on electroreduction of CO(2). We find that a copper nanoparticle covered electrode shows better selectivity towards hydrocarbons compared with the two other studied surfaces, an electropolished copper electrode and an argon sputtered copper electrode. Density functional theory calculations provide insight into the surface morphology effect.

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