Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) have been attracting much attention as an initiative to achieve carbon neutrality. In the capture and storage strategy, amines are widely used for highly efficient separation and capturing of CO2since amines react with CO2to form carbamates. In the utilization strategy, CO2electroreduction is a promising method to convert CO2into value-added compounds because reaction conditions are relatively mild and easily controlled. In this work, toward combining CO2capture and storage technologies and CO2electroreduction, we focused on amine modification of the electrode surface, in which boron-doped diamond (BDD) was chosen as a sustainable electrode material. CO2electroreduction using the amine-modified BDD was performed, and an applied potential dependence of the product selectivity was examined. In situ attenuated total reflectance-infrared measurements showed that the peak intensity of the stretching vibration of the carbonyl group at around 1640 cm-1decreased as applied potentials became more negative. The effect of amine modification of the BDD surface lies in the formation of a C-N bond during CO2electroreduction, resulting in the enhancement of the selectivity of CO production up to 8 times compared to the unmodified BDD.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Chemistry
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment