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Recent Advances in Nanoengineering of Electrocatalysts for CO2 Reduction


Emissions of CO2 from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes has been regarded as the dominant cause of the global warming. Electrochemical CO2 reduction (ECR), ideally in aqueous media, could potentially solve this problem by the storage of energy from renewable sources in the form of chemical energy in fuels or value-added chemicals in a sustainable way. However, because of the sluggish reaction kinetics of the ECR, efficient, selective, and durable electrocatalysts are required to boost this reaction. Despite considerable progress in bulk metallic electrodes for catalyzing the ECR, greater efforts are still needed to tackle this grand challenge. In this Review, we highlight recent progress in using nanoengineering strategies to promote the electrocatalysts for the ECR. Through these approaches, considerable improvements in catalytic performance have been achieved. Outlook of the future development in applying and optimizing these strategies is also proposed.

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The article was received on 26 Dec 2017, accepted on 21 Feb 2018 and first published on 21 Feb 2018

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR09620H
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Recent Advances in Nanoengineering of Electrocatalysts for CO2 Reduction

    F. Li, D. MacFarlane and J. Zhang, Nanoscale, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7NR09620H

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