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Practices for the collection and reporting of electrocatalytic performance and mechanistic information for the CO2 reduction reaction

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Abstract

The complexities of the physical and analytical chemistry surrounding the CO2 reduction reaction introduce significant challenges to how appropriate catalysts can be designed. This perspective describes the important factors to consider when analyzing the performance of catalysts and reaction mechanisms for the CO2 reduction reaction in aqueous electrolytes. It focuses on the practical aspects of experimental design and instrumentation that are required for the accurate study of these complex reactions. We discuss the common figures-of-merit and suggest appropriate methods for analyzing and reporting experimental data, such that comparisons between research reports can be more easily drawn. In addition, we highlight notable instances of applications of our suggested practices that already exist in the literature in order to emphasize the excellent work that is being performed in the field.

Graphical abstract: Practices for the collection and reporting of electrocatalytic performance and mechanistic information for the CO2 reduction reaction

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The article was received on 30 Aug 2017, accepted on 25 Oct 2017 and first published on 09 Nov 2017


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7CY01785E
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, Advance Article
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    Practices for the collection and reporting of electrocatalytic performance and mechanistic information for the CO2 reduction reaction

    J. E. Pander III, D. Ren and B. S. Yeo, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CY01785E

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