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Highly efficient electrochemical reduction of CO2 into formic acid over lead dioxide in an ionic liquid–catholyte mixture

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Abstract

The development of efficient electrocatalytic systems for CO2 conversion with high current density and high Faradaic efficiency simultaneously is crucially important but challenging. Herein, we described the first study of the electrochemical reduction of CO2 into HCOOH over commercial lead dioxide (PbO2) as the electrode in ionic liquid (IL)-containing catholytes. It was found that 1-benzyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([Bzmim]BF4) was the best IL to enhance the efficiency of the PbO2 electrode in the electroreduction of CO2 to HCOOH. In a ternary electrolyte consisting of [Bzmim]BF4 (14.7 wt%), H2O (11.7 wt%) and acetonitrile, the PbO2 electrode showed an excellent performance in electroreduction of CO2 into HCOOH with high Faradaic efficiency (95.5%) and very high current density (40.8 mA cm−2) simultaneously.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient electrochemical reduction of CO2 into formic acid over lead dioxide in an ionic liquid–catholyte mixture

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The article was received on 10 Feb 2018, accepted on 23 Mar 2018 and first published on 24 Mar 2018


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8GC00471D
Citation: Green Chem., 2018,20, 1765-1769
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    Highly efficient electrochemical reduction of CO2 into formic acid over lead dioxide in an ionic liquid–catholyte mixture

    H. Wu, J. Song, C. Xie, Y. Hu and B. Han, Green Chem., 2018, 20, 1765
    DOI: 10.1039/C8GC00471D

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