Photoelectrodes of Cu2O with interfacial structure of topological insulator Bi2Se3contributes to selective photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO2towards methanol

Alejandro Aranda-Aguirre, Julio Ojeda, Juliana Ferreirade Brito, Sergi Garcia-Segura, Mar a.Valnice Boldrin Zanoni, Hugo Alarcon

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Artificial photosynthesis emerges as feasible solution to diminish CO2content in the atmosphere. Photoelectrocatalysis can diminish CO2concentration while generating useful resources such as methanol. Here an alternative multilayer photoelectrode of FTO/Cu/Bi2Se3-Se/Cu2O is developed to enhance selective reduction of CO2 towards methanol. A novel electrosynthetic approach is described as strategy to modulate the atomic composition of p-type bismuth selenide chalcogenide intralayer. This method enhanced performance and selectivity of n-type Cu2O photoelectrocatalysts. Alkaline pH conditions favored yield and selectivity towards methanol production from CO2. The formation of an n-p heterojunction affects the Cu2Operformance on CO2reduction. The novel engineered FTO/Cu/Bi2Se3-Se/Cu2O multilayer photoelectrodes allowed obtaining up to 4.5mM of methanol, which correspond to 3-fold higher concentration than conventional FTO/Cu2O electrodes reported in literature. Photoelectrodes of FTO/ Cu/Bi2Se3-Se/Cu2O overperform conventional Cu2O in terms of kinetics and selectivity towards methanol production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101154
JournalJournal of CO2 Utilization
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • Topological Insulator Coupled To CuO COconversion Photoelectrocatalytic systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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