High-performance catalysts for carbon dioxide reduction
Removing carbon dioxide from power plants and heavy industries provides a significant tool in the battle against climate change. This greenhouse gas can be captured and chemically transformed into industrial fuels or chemicals. Despite advances in the field, highly active, durable and affordable catalysts that can selectively reduce carbon dioxide are scarce. Theoretical and experimental studies have identified transition metal carbides and nitrides as promising electrocatalysts for use in electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction reactions. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the NASYCANE project plans to use a simple and scalable 'nanocasting' method to produce transition metal carbide and nitride electrocatalysts with high activity and durability.