Process parameters in the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to ethylene

Sturman, Michael, and Oelgemoeller, Michael (2021) Process parameters in the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to ethylene. ChemBioEng Reviews, 8 (3). pp. 149-188.

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Abstract

Ethylene is one of the most widely used chemical compounds. It is readily transformed to a variety of useful products that can replace those derived from fossil sources. Further, the ability to produce ethylene from atmospheric carbon dioxide would significantly assist in the urgent need to stabilize, and ultimately to reduce, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This review covers the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide at copper-based cathodes. The direct production of ethylene is the focus of the review, but it is also relevant to include the important ethylene precursor and intermediate in the carbon dioxide reduction reaction, carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can be reduced to ethylene on a copper cathode under similar conditions to carbon dioxide. Ethanol is another potential product of the reduction of carbon dioxide at a copper cathode. It can be readily dehydrated to ethylene, further enhancing the overall yield of ethylene. The aim of the review is to show that there are many interacting parameters that influence the effectiveness and efficiency of the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide at copperbased cathodes.

Item ID: 68460
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2196-9744
Keywords: Carbon dioxide, Electrochemistry, Ethylene, Reduction, Renewable energy
Copyright Information: © 2021 Wiley-VCH GmbH
Funders: James Cook University (JCU) College of Science and Engineering
Projects and Grants: JCU Competitive Research Training Grant 2020
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 00:33
FoR Codes: 34 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 3405 Organic chemistry > 340503 Organic chemical synthesis @ 30%
34 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 3405 Organic chemistry > 340505 Physical organic chemistry @ 70%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280105 Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences @ 100%
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