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Designing materials for electrochemical carbon dioxide recycling

  • Author(s): Ross, MB
  • De Luna, P
  • Li, Y
  • Dinh, CT
  • Kim, D
  • Yang, P
  • Sargent, EH
  • et al.

© 2019, Springer Nature Limited. Electrochemical carbon dioxide recycling provides an attractive approach to synthesizing fuels and chemical feedstocks using renewable energy. On the path to deploying this technology, basic and applied scientific hurdles remain. Integrating catalytic design with mechanistic understanding yields scientific insights and progresses the technology towards industrial relevance. Catalysts must be able to generate valuable carbon-based products with better selectivity, lower overpotentials and improved current densities with extended operation. Here, we describe progress and identify mechanistic questions and performance metrics for catalysts that can enable carbon-neutral renewable energy storage and utilization.

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