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Surface strategies for catalytic CO2 reduction: from two-dimensional materials to nanoclusters to single atoms

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Abstract

Redox catalysis, including photocatalysis and (photo)electrocatalysis, may alleviate global warming and energy crises by removing excess CO2 from the atmosphere and converting it to value-added resources. Nano-to-atomic two-dimensional (2D) materials, clusters and single atoms are superior catalysts because of their engineerable ultrathin/small dimensions and large surface areas and have attracted worldwide research interest. Given the current gap between research and applications in CO2 reduction, our review systematically and constructively discusses nano-to-atomic surface strategies for catalysts reported to date. This work is expected to drive and benefit future research to rationally design surface strategies with multi-parameter synergistic impacts on the selectivity, activity and stability of next-generation CO2 reduction catalysts, thus opening new avenues for sustainable solutions to climate change, energy and environmental issues, and the potential industrial economy.

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The article was received on 30 Jun 2019 and first published on 07 Oct 2019


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9CS00163H
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2019, Advance Article

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    Surface strategies for catalytic CO2 reduction: from two-dimensional materials to nanoclusters to single atoms

    L. Wang, W. Chen, D. Zhang, Y. Du, R. Amal, S. Qiao, J. Wu and Z. Yin, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9CS00163H

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