MoP Nanoparticles Supported on Indium-Doped Porous Carbon: Outstanding Catalysts for Highly Efficient CO 2 Electroreduction

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2018 Feb 23;57(9):2427-2431. doi: 10.1002/anie.201712221. Epub 2018 Feb 2.


Electrochemical reduction of CO2 into value-added product is an interesting area. MoP nanoparticles supported on porous carbon were synthesized using metal-organic frameworks as the carbon precursor, and initial work on CO2 electroreduction using the MoP-based catalyst were carried out. It was discovered that MoP nanoparticles supported on In-doped porous carbon had outstanding performance for CO2 reduction to formic acid. The Faradaic efficiency and current density could reach 96.5 % and 43.8 mA cm-2 , respectively, when using ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate as the supporting electrolyte. The current density is higher than those reported up to date with very high Faradaic efficiency. The MoP nanoparticles and the doped In2 O3 cooperated very well in catalyzing the CO2 electroreduction.

Keywords: carbon dioxide; electrocatalysis; ionic liquids; metal-organic frameworks; phosphides.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't