Stable surface oxygen on nanostructured silver for efficient CO2 electroreduction

Michael Shincheon Jee, Haeri Kim, Hyo Sang Jeon, Byoung Koun Min, Jinhan Cho, Byoung Koun Min, Jinhan Cho

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Abstract

We investigated properties involved in the enhancement in electrocatalytic carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction to carbon monoxide (CO) in electrochemically treated Ag surfaces with surface sensitive analysis methods such as Auger spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM) coupled with Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) techniques, and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. The absence of Ag M4,5VV Auger signals for the electrochemically treated Ag indicate the presence of localized surface oxygen (O) which survives on the best performing Ag electrocatalysts even in the reductive environment of the CO2 reduction reaction. Higher work functions were located at the nanostructure boundaries observed by KPFM/AFM implying the higher surface O concentrations in these regions. Furthermore, NEXAFS measured the selective prominence of π* states over σ* in the active Ag surfaces which suggests stronger interaction with intermediates of CO2 reduction while minimizing the -OH interaction contributing to increase CO2 reduction activity and selectivity. These results provide direction in engineering surfaces for efficient electrochemical CO2 conversion.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCatalysis Today
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016 Jul 18

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Silver
Oxygen
Atomic force microscopy
X ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy
Electrocatalysts
X ray absorption
Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Dioxide
Carbon monoxide
Nanostructures
Carbon dioxide
Microscopic examination
Spectroscopy

Keywords

  • Auger spectroscopy
  • CO electroreduction
  • KPFM
  • NEXAFS
  • Silver
  • Surface oxygen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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Stable surface oxygen on nanostructured silver for efficient CO2 electroreduction. / Jee, Michael Shincheon; Kim, Haeri; Jeon, Hyo Sang; Min, Byoung Koun; Cho, Jinhan; Min, Byoung Koun; Cho, Jinhan.

In: Catalysis Today, 18.07.2016.

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Jee, Michael Shincheon ; Kim, Haeri ; Jeon, Hyo Sang ; Min, Byoung Koun ; Cho, Jinhan ; Min, Byoung Koun ; Cho, Jinhan. / Stable surface oxygen on nanostructured silver for efficient CO2 electroreduction. In: Catalysis Today. 2016.
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