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Title: Electrochemical interfacial influences on deoxygenation and hydrogenation reactions in CO reduction on a Cu(100) surface.
Authors: Sheng, Tian
Lin, Wen-Feng
Sun, Shi-Gang
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by the Royal Soicety of Chemistry
Citation: SHENG, T., LIN, W-F. and SUN, S-G., 2016. Electrochemical interfacial influences on deoxygenation and hydrogenation reactions in CO reduction on a Cu(100) surface. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, pp. 15304-15311.
Abstract: Electroreduction of CO2 to hydrocarbons on a copper surface has attracted much attention in the last few decades for providing a sustainable way for energy storage. During the CO2 and further CO electroreduction processes, deoxygenation that is C-O bond dissociation, and hydrogenation that is C-H bond formation, are two main types of surface reactions catalyzed by the copper electrode. In this work, by performing the state-of-the-art constrained ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, we have systematically investigated deoxygenation and hydrogenation reactions involving two important intermediates, COHads and CHOads, under various conditions of (i) on a Cu(100) surface without water molecules, (ii) at the water/Cu(100) interface and (iii) at the charged water/Cu(100) interface, in order to elucidate the electrochemical interfacial influences. It has been found that the electrochemical interface can facilitate considerably the C-O bond dissociation via changing the reaction mechanisms. However, C-H bond formation has not been affected by the presence of water or electrical charge. Furthermore, the promotional roles of an aqueous environment and negative electrode potential in deoxygenation have been clarified, respectively. This fundamental study provides an atomic level insight into the significance of the electrochemical interface towards electrocatalysis, which is of general importance for understanding electrochemistry.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 11th May 2017.
Sponsor: Financial supports from the NSFC (21361140374, 21321062, and 21573183) are acknowledged.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP02198K
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21446
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6CP02198K
ISSN: 1463-9076
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