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Stable and Highly Efficient Electrochemical Production of Formic Acid from Carbon Dioxide Using Diamond Electrodes

High faradaic efficiencies can be achieved in the production of formic acid (HCOOH) by metal electrodes, such as Sn or Pb, in the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2). However, the stability and environmental load in using them are problematic. Here, we investigated the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to HCOOH in a flow cell using boron‐doped diamond (BDD) electrodes. BDD electrodes have superior electrochemical properties to metal electrodes, and, moreover, are highly durable. The faradaic efficiency for the production of HCOOH was as high as 94.7%. Furthermore, the selectivity for the production of HCOOH was more than 99%. The rate of the production was increased to 473 μmol m−2 s−1 at a current density of 15 mA cm−2 with a faradaic efficiency of 61%. The faradaic efficiency and the production rate are almost the same as or larger than those achieved using Sn and Pb electrodes. In addition, the stability of the BDD electrodes was confirmed by 24 hours operation.

Authors:   Keisuke Natsui, Hitomi Iwakawa, Norihito Ikemiya, Kazuya Nakata, Yasuaki Einaga
Journal:   Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Year:   2018
Pages:   n/a
DOI:   10.1002/anie.201712271
Publication date:   18-Jan-2018
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