Stephanie K. Haywood
Study of pyridine-mediated electrochemical reduction of CO2 to methanol at high CO2 pressure
Haywood, Stephanie K.; Rybchenko, Sergey I.; Touhami, Dalila; Wadhawan, Jay D.
Dr Sergey Rybchenko S.I.Rybchenko@hull.ac.uk
Professor Jay Wadhawan J.Wadhawan@hull.ac.uk
© 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim The recently proposed highly efficient route of pyridine-catalyzed CO 2 reduction to methanol was explored on platinum electrodes at high CO 2 pressure. At 55 bar (5.5 MPa) of CO 2 , the bulk electrolysis in both potentiostatic and galvanostatic regimes resulted in methanol production with Faradaic yields of up to 10 % for the first 5–10 C cm −2 of charge passed. For longer electrolysis, the methanol concentration failed to increase proportionally and was limited to sub-ppm levels irrespective of biasing conditions and pyridine concentration. This limitation cannot be removed by electrode reactivation and/or pre-electrolysis and appears to be an inherent feature of the reduction process. In agreement with bulk electrolysis findings, the CV analysis supported by simulation indicated that hydrogen evolution is still the dominant electrode reaction in pyridine-containing electrolyte solution, even with an excess CO 2 concentration in the solution. No prominent contribution from either a direct or coupled CO 2 reduction was found. The results obtained suggest that the reduction of CO 2 to methanol is a transient process that is largely decoupled from the electrode charge transfer.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Jun 7, 2016|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Haywood, S. K., Rybchenko, S. I., Touhami, D., & Wadhawan, J. D. (2016). Study of pyridine-mediated electrochemical reduction of CO2 to methanol at high CO2 pressure. ChemSusChem, 9(13), 1660-1669 . https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201600267|
|Keywords||Carbon dioxide; Catalysis; Electrochemical reduction; High pressure; Pyridine|
|Additional Information||Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Chemsuschem, 2016, v.9, issue 13.|
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