In-Situ infrared Spectroscopic Investigations of Pyridine-Mediated CO2 Reduction on Pt Electrocatalysts

Wednesday, 4 October 2017: 17:40
National Harbor 8 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
M. Dunwell, Y. Yan, and B. Xu (University of Delaware)
The pyridine-mediated electrochemical reduction of CO2 ­to methanol, formate, and formaldehyde was first demonstrated by Bocarsly et. al in 1994. Since then, many mechanistic investigations of this process have been conducted using reactivity measurements, cyclic voltammetry, or computational methods; however, direct experimental mechanistic investigation has been lacking. We employ surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy, coupled with traditional electrochemical techniques to probe the electrochemical interface during the pyridine-mediated electrochemical reduction of CO2 on Pt electrocatalysts. Previously proposed mechanisms are discussed and refined in light of new insights obtained in this study.