Rational design to increase the activity of the Bocarsly catalyst for reduction of carbon dioxide to reduced forms of carbon

Raymond N. Dominey, Emma W. Goldman, Kirstin Humphrey, Matthew Newman, Andrew Bruce Bocarsly, Amanda J. Morris, Elizabeth Zeitler

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Abstract

In 1994 and again in 2008 Bocarsly announced the discovery of a new stunningly efficient catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to formic acid, formaldehyde, and ultimately methanol. In 2010 Bocarsly presented experimental and theoretical mechanistic studies identifying the rate-limiting step as formation of a pyridyl N-C bond bond with CO2 to give a carbamic acid intermediate. We will discuss a general strategy for improving the activity of the catalyst system by rational design of a catalyst for which the activation barrier of this step should be reduced. The synthesis of a series of catalysts, which should have a systematic variation of catalytic activity, will be presented along with preliminary results for assessment of their activity relative to Bocarsly 's original catalyst.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
StatePublished - Aug 25 2011
Event241st ACS National Meeting and Exposition - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 27 2011Mar 31 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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