The Predominance of Hydrogen Evolution on Transition Metal Sulfides and Phosphides under CO2 Reduction Conditions: An Experimental and Theoretical Study

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  • Author: Landers, Alan Taylor

    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, United States

  • Author: Fields, Meredith

    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, United States

  • Author: Torelli, Daniel A.

    California Institute of Technology, United States

  • Author: Xiao, Jianping

    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, United States

  • Author: Hellstern, Thomas R.

    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, United States

  • Author: Francis, Sonja A.

    California Institute of Technology, United States

  • Author: Tsai, Charlie

    California Institute of Technology, United States

  • Author: Kibsgaard, Jakob

    Experimental Surface and Nanomaterials Physics, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Fysikvej, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Lewis, Nathan S.

    California Institute of Technology, United States

  • Author: Chan, Karen

    Stanford University, United States

  • Author: Hahn, Christopher

    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, United States

  • Author: Jaramillo, Thomas F.

    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, United States

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A combination of experiment and theory has been used to understand the relationship between the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and CO2 reduction (CO2R) on transition metal phosphide and transition metal sulfide catalysts. Although multifunctional active sites in these materials could potentially improve their CO2R activity relative to pure transition metal electrocatalysts, under aqueous testing conditions, these materials showed a high selectivity for the HER relative to CO2R. Computational results supported these findings, indicating that a limitation of the metal phosphide catalysts is that the HER is favored thermodynamically over CO2R. On Ni-MoS2, a limitation is the kinetic barrier for the proton electron transfer to *CO. These theoretical and experimental results demonstrate that selective CO2R requires electrocatalysts that possess both favorable thermodynamic pathways and surmountable kinetic barriers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Energy Letters
Volume3
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1450-1457
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Publication statusPublished - 2018
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