THRUST 1: ELECTROCATALYSIS
discovering electrocatalysts for selective and efficient water oxidation and conversion of co2 into fuels
The research in Thrust 1 involves the following themes:
- Use of theory intertwined with experiment to accelerate discovery of catalysts.
- Exploration of catalytic motifs that range from simple binary metal alloys to catalytic centers embedded in environments designed to channel reactivity.
- Establishment of mechanisms to enable optimization of catalysts.
- Use of high-throughput experimentation coupled with high-throughput screening efforts to discover new materials and help predict their properties.
Thrust 1 Coordinator is Dr. Thomas Jaramillo.
Javier, A. et al. Overlayer Au-on-W Near-Surface Alloy for the Selective Electrochemical
Reduction of CO2 to Methanol: Empirical (DEMS) Corroboration of a Computational
(DFT) Prediction. Electrocatalysis, DOI: 10.1007/s12678-015-0276-8 (2015).
The present experimental study used differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS) focused on product selectivity towards methanol to test the theoretical prediction of selective heterogeneous CO2 reduction to methanol by a bimetallic near-surface alloy.