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Surface and sub-surface modified nano-electrocatalysts for the conversion of CO2 to value-added products: A structure-selectivity-mechanism-stability catalog

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Copper a more viable electrocatalyst for energy technologies

Major challenges being faced in this age of Anthropocene include global climate change and associated high energy demand. To address this, the contemporary interest is towards generating alternative fuels as well as other value-added chemicals mainly from CO2 (waste to wealth strategy). Electrochemical technologies offer a promising solution. Copper stands as the state-of-the-art benchmark electrocatalyst to convert CO2 to chemical feedstock. However, copper is not particularly selective and exhibits long-term instability. The key issues to be addressed by the EU-funded CO2-CAT-ALOG project are the effect of the synthesis of atomically precise copper nanocrystals with surface and sub-surface modification with dopants, shape and size on activity, selectivity and stability. Using a combination of synthesis, advanced electrochemical characterisation, density functional theory (DFT) and microkinetic modelling, new insights into the activity-selectivity-mechanism-stability will be gained.

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€ 150 040,32
Hajdrihova 19
1000 Ljubljana

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Slovenija Zahodna Slovenija Osrednjeslovenska
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