(764f) Promoted MoS2 Edge Atoms for Highly Efficient CO2 Conversion to Syngas

Abbasi, P., University of Illinois at Chicago
Asadi, M., University of Illinois at Chicago
Liu, C., Argonne National Laboratory
Sayahpour, B., University of Illinois at Chicago
Curtiss, L. A., Argonne National Laboratory
Salehi-Khojin, A., University of Illinois at Chicago
Development of advanced materials that catalyze electrochemical reduction of CO­2 powered by a renewable electricity source has been proven as a promising route to close the anthropogenic carbon cycle.1,2 Recently, transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have shown a remarkable potential to be used as a catalyst for CO2 reduction reaction. It has been shown that the unique electro catalytic properties of this class of materials are due to the low work function and significant overlap of the d-band partial density of states with the Fermi energy level.5,6However, unlike noble metals the rate limiting reaction step in TMDCs for conversion of CO2 to syngas (CO and H2) is CO* desorption rather than COOH* formation.4 Here we investigate the effect of stimulating the electronic property of MoS2, as a model structure of TMDCs, to see if the reaction mechanism can be tailored toward higher CO formation turnover frequencies (TOF).

For this purpose, Niobium (Nb) and Tantalum (Ta) doped MoS2 samples were synthesized using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method with different concentrations of dopants, and the electro catalytic performance of doped samples were compared with pristine MoS2 for CO2 reduction. Different experimental methods such as in-situ differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) as well as Density functional theory (DFT) were utilized to fully study the role of doping on the electrocatalytic performance of MoS2. Our results indicate a volcano trend for electrocatalytic performance of Nb doped MoS2 samples in which Mo0.95Nb0.05S2 sample shows one order of magnitude higher CO formation turnover frequency (TOF) compared to pristine MoS2, however higher concentrations of Nb doping show negative effect on the catalytic activity of MoS2. The results also show negative effect of doping in Ta doped MoS2 samples for all concentrations of dopant. Our DFT results show that introducing optimum concentrations of proper dopants near the edge structure would lead to a Sabatier effect by decreasing the binding strength between the Mo edge and CO, giving rise to the CO formation TOF. However, this is not the case for Nb doping with higher concentrations or Ta doping in which higher work function of doped structures lead to poorer electron transfer properties.



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