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Issue 6, 2013
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Catalysis of the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide

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The direct and catalyzed electrochemistry of CO2 partake in the contemporary attempts to reduce this inert molecule to fuels by means of solar energy, either directly, after conversion of light to electricity, or indirectly in that all elements of comprehension derived from electrochemical experiments can be used in the design and interpretation of photochemical experiments. Following reviews of the activity in the field until 2007–2008, the present review reports more recent findings even if their interpretation remains uncertain. It also develops useful notions that allow analyzing and comparing more rigorously the performances of existing catalysts when the necessary data are available. Among the general trends that transpire presently and are likely to be the object of active future work emphasis is put on the favorable role of acid addition in homogeneous catalytic systems and on the crucial chemical role of the electrode material in heterogeneous catalysis.

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30 Aug 2012
First published
11 Dec 2012

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 2423-2436
Article type
Review Article

Catalysis of the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide

C. Costentin, M. Robert and J. Savéant, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 2423
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35360A

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