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Multifunctional Hybrid Platforms based on Colloidal Nanocrystals to Advance CO2 Conversion Studies

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Project "HY-CAT" data sheet

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Organization address
address: BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
postcode: 1015

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙420˙648 €
 EC max contribution 1˙420˙648 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2021-12-31


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 Project objective

In reimagining the world’s energy future, while researchers are seeking alternative ways to produce energy, our current dependence on fossil fuels requires us to capture and store the CO2 to prevent reaching unacceptable CO2 levels in the atmosphere. In this scenario, recycling CO2 by converting it into useful chemicals, such as fuels for transportation, represents an important research area as it will eventually lead to independence from fossil fuels and petroleum. While much progress has been made, this emerging field is challenged by huge technical and scientific questions. The intrinsic thermodynamic stability of the CO2 molecule, combined with slow multi-electron transfer kinetics, makes its reduction exceedingly energetically demanding. Hy-Cat aims to develop novel material platforms to investigate different chemical paths that promote electrochemical CO2 reduction and direct product selectivity. We will synthesize hybrid materials comprising atomically defined CO2 sorbents and nanocrystalline CO2 catalysts intimately bound in a single integrated system. Three different classes of hybrids, each characterized by one specific absorption/pre-activation mechanism, will allow to investigate the effect of each mechanism on the catalyst activity. A key component of the research will be to develop synthetic schemes to access these multifunctional systems with an unprecedented level of control across multiple lengthscales. This control and the intrinsic tunability of the chosen building blocks will allow us to methodically compare structure and activity, so to determine the design principles upon which better catalysts can be made. We will argue that this understanding is required to remove the main bottlenecks towards efficient and selective catalysts to convert CO2 into useful products, such hydrocarbons. Hy-Cat is highly multidisciplinary and its scientific outcome will positively impact several other research fields in chemistry, materials science and engineering.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 James R. Pankhurst, Yannick T. Guntern, Mounir Mensi, Raffaella Buonsanti
Molecular tunability of surface-functionalized metal nanocrystals for selective electrochemical CO 2 reduction
published pages: 10356-10365, ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/c9sc04439f
Chemical Science 10/44 2020-02-13
2019 Jianfeng Huang, Mounir Mensi, Emad Oveisi, Valeria Mantella, Raffaella Buonsanti
Structural Sensitivities in Bimetallic Catalysts for Electrochemical CO 2 Reduction Revealed by Ag–Cu Nanodimers
published pages: 2490-2499, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b12381
Journal of the American Chemical Society 141/6 2019-08-29
2019 Yannick T. Guntern, James R. Pankhurst, Jan Vávra, Mounir Mensi, Valeria Mantella, Pascal Schouwink, Raffaella Buonsanti
Nanocrystal/Metal-Organic Framework Hybrids as Electrocatalytic Platforms for CO 2 Conversion
published pages: , ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201905172
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019-08-29
2018 Jianfeng Huang, Raffaella Buonsanti
Colloidal Nanocrystals as Heterogeneous Catalysts for Electrochemical CO 2 Conversion
published pages: 13-25, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b04155
Chemistry of Materials 31/1 2019-08-29
2019 Seyedeh Behnaz Varandili, Jianfeng Huang, Emad Oveisi, Gian Luca De Gregorio, Mounir Mensi, Michal Strach, Jan Vavra, Chethana Gadiyar, Arghya Bhowmik, Raffaella Buonsanti
Synthesis of Cu/CeO 2-x Nanocrystalline Heterodimers with Interfacial Active Sites To Promote CO 2 Electroreduction
published pages: 5035-5046, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.9b00010
ACS Catalysis 9/6 2019-08-29
2017 Chethana Gadiyar, Anna Loiudice, Raffaella Buonsanti
Colloidal nanocrystals for photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic water splitting
published pages: 74006, ISSN: 0022-3727, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6463/aa50cd
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 50/7 2019-06-13
2018 Jianfeng Huang, Nicolas Hörmann, Emad Oveisi, Anna Loiudice, Gian Luca De Gregorio, Oliviero Andreussi, Nicola Marzari, Raffaella Buonsanti
Potential-induced nanoclustering of metallic catalysts during electrochemical CO2 reduction
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05544-3
Nature Communications 9/1 2019-06-13

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