Anode Reaction Control for a Single-Compartment Electrochemical CO2 Reduction Reactor with a Surface-Activated Diamond Cathode

Atsushi Otake, Kana Asai, Yasuaki Einaga

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Abstract

The electrochemical reaction of carbon dioxide (CO2) in aqueous electrolyte solutions is attracting increasing attention for sustainable chemical production. Boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes have been previously shown to be very effective for the stable electrochemical production of formic acid from CO2. Typically, the electrochemical production of formic acid by CO2 reduction (CO2R) reaction is performed with a dual-compartment flow reactor equipped with a membrane separator. The problems caused by the membrane separator, such as scaling-up, complicated operational control and materials costs can be solved using a membrane free single-compartment reactor. Here we demonstrate anode reaction control for a single-compartment CO2R flow reactor using a surface-activated BDD cathode and achieve a Faradaic efficiency for formic acid production of over 70 %.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202302798
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Feb 12

Keywords

  • Boron-doped diamond
  • Carbon dioxide reduction
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electrodes
  • Single-compartment reactor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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