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Functional Organic-Inorganic Hybrids for Electrochemical CO2 Reduction


Electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) represents a promising technique for sustainable utilization of renewable
energy like wind and solar energy to produce value-added valuable chemical feedstocks or fuels, providing an alternative
way to the climate and energy issues in European Union (EU). Unfortunately, the progress in this area has been slow as a
result of the sluggish CO2 reaction kinetics and the lack of efficient electrocatalysts. This research proposal aims to go
beyond the state-of-art in this area through rationally designing and engineering novel metal phosphonate organic-inorganic
hybrid electrocatalysts to illustrate a new methodology for the electrocatalytic CO2 reduction. The intractable low selectivity/
efficiency of electrocatalytic CO2 reduction will be overcome through rationally adjusting the organic/inorganic compositions,
porosity, and nano-/mesostructures of functional metal phosphonates to realize impressive performance. The nature and
origin of the CO2 reduction process will be investigated in this project, aiming at illustrating the relationship of chemical
compositions and structures towards electrochemical performance and thus providing new protocols to design CO2RR
electrocatalysts. The successful completion of this project is suggested to advance CO2 conversion technologies, ensure the
viability of EU's resources, and benefit its clean energy/manufacturing industry.


Net EU contribution
€ 162 806,40
Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Arnsberg Bochum, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00