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Tailored electrocatalysts by controlled electrochemical deposition and surface nanostructuring

Abstract

Controlled electrodeposition and surface nanostructuring are very promising approaches to tailor the structure of the electrocatalyst surface, with the aim to enhance their efficiency for sustainable energy conversion. In this highlight, we first summarise different strategies to modify the structure of the electrode surface at the atomic and sub-monolayer level for applications in electrocatalysis. We discuss aspects such as structure sensitivity, electronic and geometric effects in electrocatalysis. Nanostructured surfaces are finally introduced as more scalable electrocatalysts, where morphology, cluster size, shape, and distribution play an essential role and can be finely tuned. Controlled electrochemical deposition and selective engineering of the surface structure are key to design more active, selective and stable electrocatalysts towards a decarbonised energy scheme.

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Submitted
09 Sep 2020
Accepted
16 Oct 2020
First published
16 Oct 2020

Chem. Commun., 2020, Accepted Manuscript
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Tailored electrocatalysts by controlled electrochemical deposition and surface nanostructuring

P. Sebastián-Pascual, I. Jordao Pereira and M. Escudero-Escribano, Chem. Commun., 2020, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/D0CC06099B

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