Bimetallic catalysts for CO2 electroreduction

Migliaccio, Luca (2017) Bimetallic catalysts for CO2 electroreduction. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Chimica industriale [LM-DM270]
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Over the last decades, many steps have been taken in the search for an effective method to reduce carbon dioxide to small organic molecules that can be used as fuel or building blocks for the chemical industry. The object of this work is to prepare two bimetallic electrocatalysts utilizing Cu combined with Au or In for the efficient and selective reduction of CO2 to CO, HCOOH and small fuels molecules. The copper-gold electrode is prepared through the electrodeposition of Cu on the surface of Au, using the underpotential deposition (UPD) technique to obtain a copper monolayer. The prepared electrode shows a high current density compared to Au electrode. Bimetallic metal oxides of CuInO2 is used as the precursor to prepare Cu-In alloys electrodes for electrochemical reduction of CO2. The electrocatalyst preparation is carried out using a thermal reducing treatment able to form different catalytic surfaces with different Cu-In alloys or single-phase metals. The best sample shows a high faradaic efficiency toward CO (71%) at the low overpotential of −0.8 V vs RHE. This study shows two examples of scalable and inexpensive preparation methods of bimetallic surfaces, which may use as selective electrocatalysts for the aqueous reduction of CO2.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Migliaccio, Luca
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Corso di studio
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CO2 reduction electrocatalysis bimetallic catalyst Au/Cu Cu-In alloy carbon dioxide
Data di discussione della Tesi
10 Ottobre 2017

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