Microwave-assisted synthesis of metal-organic chalcogenolate assemblies as electrocatalysts for syngas production

Commun Chem. 2023 Mar 1;6(1):43. doi: 10.1038/s42004-023-00843-3.


Today, many essential industrial processes depend on syngas. Due to a high energy demand and overall cost as well as a dependence on natural gas as its precursor, alternative routes to produce this valuable mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide are urgently needed. Electrochemical syngas production via two competing processes, namely carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction and hydrogen (H2) evolution, is a promising method. Often, noble metal catalysts such as gold or silver are used, but those metals are costly and have limited availability. Here, we show that metal-organic chalcogenolate assemblies (MOCHAs) combine several properties of successful electrocatalysts. We report a scalable microwave-assisted synthesis method for highly crystalline MOCHAs ([AgXPh] ∞: X = Se, S) with high yields. The morphology, crystallinity, chemical and structural stability are thoroughly studied. We investigate tuneable syngas production via electrocatalytic CO2 reduction and find the MOCHAs show a maximum Faraday efficiency (FE) of 55 and 45% for the production of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, respectively.

PMID:36859623 | PMC:PMC9977941 | DOI:10.1038/s42004-023-00843-3


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