Developing the Chemistry of Colloidal Cu Nanocrystals to Advance the CO₂ Electrochemical Reduction


  • Raffaella Buonsanti Laboratory of Nanochemistry for Energy (LNCE), Department of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH-1950 Sion, Switzerland



CO2 reduction reaction, Colloidal chemistry, Nanocrystals


To tailor make materials with atomic scale precision is crucial for understanding the sensitivities of their performance parameters and for achieving the design specification corresponding to optimal device operation. Herein, this topic is discussed in the context of catalysis. The electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) holds the promise to close the carbon cycle by storing renewable energies into chemical feedstocks, yet it suffers from the lack of efficient and selective catalysts. This article highlights how colloidal chemistry can contribute to tackle this compelling issue by designing shape controlled nanocatalysts. In particular, two case studies relative to copper nanocrystals are discussed.




How to Cite

R. Buonsanti, Chimia 2021, 75, 598, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2021.598.