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CO₂ reduction with Re(i)–NHC compounds: driving selective catalysis with a silicon nanowire photoelectrode
- JinThese authors contributed equally to this work., Tong, He, Da, Li, Wei, Stanton, Charles J., Pantovich, Sebastian A., Majetich, George F., Schaefer, Henry F., Agarwal, Jay, Wang, Dunwei, Li, Gonghu
- Chemical communications 2016 v.52 no.99 pp. 14258-14261
- adsorption, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, catalysts, catalytic activity, chemical reactions, hydrogen, nanowires, silicon
- The CO₂-reduction activity of two Re(i)–NHC complexes is investigated employing a silicon nanowire photoelectrode to drive catalysis. Photovoltages greater than 440 mV are observed along with excellent selectivity towards CO over H₂ formation. The observed selectivity towards CO production correlates with strong adsorption of the catalysts on the photoelectrode surface.