Photoelectrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to Paraffin Using P-N Heterojunctions

Published in iScience, 2019

Jinyuan Wang, Yongji Guan, Xiaogang Yu, Youzhi Cao, Jiazang Chen, Yilin Wang, Bin Hu, Huanwang Jing. iScience, 2020, 23 (1), 100768-100768.

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Abstract

Nowadays, photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) reduction of CO2 represents a very promising solution for storing solar energy in value-added chemicals, but so far it has been hampered by the lack of highly efficient catalyst of photocathode. Enlightened by the Calvin cycle of plants, here we show that a series of three-dimensional C/N-doped heterojunctions of Znx:Coy@Cu are successfully fabricated and applied as photocathodes in the PEC reduction of CO2 to generate paraffin product. These materials integrate semiconductors of p-type Co3O4 and n-type ZnO on Cu foam to construct fine heterojunctions with multiple active sites, which result in excellent C-C coupling control in reduction of CO2. The best catalyst of Zn0.2:Co1@Cu yields paraffin at a rate of 325 ug h-1 under 0.4V versus saturated calomel electrode without H2 release. The apparent quantum efficiency of PEC cell is up to 1.95%.

Jinyuan Wang, Yongji Guan, Xiaogang Yu, Youzhi Cao, Jiazang Chen, Yilin Wang, Bin Hu, Huanwang Jing. Photoelectrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to Paraffin Using p-n Heterojunctions. iScience, 2020, 23 (1), 100768-100768.