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Superior performance of rGO-tin oxide nanocomposite for selective reduction of CO2 to methanol

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Author(s):
Romeiro, F. C. [1] ; Silva, B. C. [1] ; Martins, A. S. [1] ; Zanoni, M. V. B. [1] ; Orlandi, M. O. [1]
Total Authors: 5
Affiliation:
[1] Sao Paulo State Univ UNESP, Inst Chem, Araraquara 55 Prof Francisco Degni St, BR-14800060 Araraquara, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF CO2 UTILIZATION; v. 46, APR 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0
Abstract

This study reports on the photoelectrochemical reduction of CO2 to methanol using Sn3O4 and reduced graphene oxide-tin oxide (rGO-Sn) nanocomposite synthesized through the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The resulting rGO-Sn nanocomposite exhibited enhanced activity and good stability during photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction explained by Z-scheme electron transport. Graphene oxide (GO) has played a crucial role in the chemical composition and morphology of nanocomposites. The interaction between GO and Sn2+ ions during synthesis promoted the formation of the SnO2 phase in the nanocomposite, thus generating mixed rGO/Sn3O4/ SnO2 phases (the rGO-Sn nanocomposite). Remarkable selectivity for CO2/methanol conversion was obtained for both Sn3O4 and the nanocomposite at different potentials, in which the nanocomposite presented the highest conversion to methanol with a faradaic efficiency of 45 % at -0.3 V vs. Ag/AgCl. The improved activity of the nanocomposite was ascribed to the efficient use of solar energy (UV + visible light), to the decrease in electronic recombination in nanocomposite, which enabled an efficient electron-hole separation on the surface of the nanocomposite, and to the presence of rGO being combined with Sn3O4 and SnO2 structures, which ensured a faster charge transport rate. This study reveals the potential of rGO-Sn nanocomposites as photocathodic material for solar-to-chemical energy conversion. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/13123-4 - Development of photoelectrocatalytic membranes based on TiO2 and Al2O3 modified and applied in the treatment of organic contaminants and microorganisms in aqueous solution
Grantee:Alysson Stefan Martins
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/26219-0 - Study of Single Element Chemical Sensor Devices based on Semiconducting Metal Oxide Materials
Grantee:Marcelo Ornaghi Orlandi
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/50945-4 - INCT 2014: National Institute for Alternative Technologies of Detection, Toxicological Evaluation and Removal of Micropollutants and Radioactivies
Grantee:Maria Valnice Boldrin
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 19/18856-5 - Photo(electro)chemical applications for the production of renewable fuels using nanocomposites based on tin oxide (SnO and Sn3O4) and carbon compounds (reduced graphene oxide and graphitic carbon nitride)
Grantee:Fernanda da Costa Romeiro
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate