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Title: Hydrogenation of CO 2 to methanol: Importance of metal–oxide and metal–carbide interfaces in the activation of CO 2

In this study, the high thermochemical stability of CO 2 makes it very difficult to achieve the catalytic conversion of the molecule into alcohols or other hydrocarbon compounds, which can be used as fuels or the starting point for the generation of fine chemicals. Pure metals and bimetallic systems used for the CO 2 → CH 3OH conversion usually bind CO 2 too weakly and, thus, show low catalytic activity. Here, we discuss a series of recent studies that illustrate the advantages of metal–oxide and metal–carbide interfaces when aiming at the conversion of CO2 into methanol. CeO x/Cu(111), Cu/CeO x/TiO 2(110), and Au/CeO x/TiO 2(110) exhibit an activity for the CO 2 → CH 3OH conversion that is 2–3 orders of magnitude higher than that of a benchmark Cu(111) catalyst. In the Cu–ceria and Au–ceria interfaces, the multifunctional combination of metal and oxide centers leads to complementary chemical properties that open active reaction pathways for methanol synthesis. Efficient catalysts are also generated after depositing Cu and Au on TiC(001). In these cases, strong metal–support interactions modify the electronic properties of the admetals and make them active for the binding of CO 2 and its subsequent transformation into CH 3OH atmore » the metal–carbide interfaces.« less
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  1. Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2155-5435; R&D Project: CO027; KC0302010
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Catalysis
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 2155-5435
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; National Synchrotron Light Source; CO2 activation; CO2 hydrogenation; methanol synthesis; reverse water-gas shift reaction; metal oxides; metal carbides; copper; gold
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