Electrochemical CO2 conversion: elucidating the role of catalyst, support and electrolyte

Producing a solar fuel, by reaction of water and CO2 captured from the environment is an attractive option to store cheap intermittent renewable electricity in a fuel that can be directly introduced to the market, with net zero CO2 emissions.

This project aims to develop electrochemical technology for this application by fundamental investigation (both computationally and experimentally) of catalysts, including metal alloys and innovative supports, and organic electrolytes. In order to screen materials and to rationalize the effect of each interplaying factor, a new testing unit will be developed wherein materials and operating conditions can be varied, mass transfer can be controlled, and in-situ analysis (both quantitatively and qualitatively) of the products of electrochemical CO2reduction is possible.

Adrie Huesman

Principal External technology - Collaboration advisor

Wilson Smith

Assistant professor of Solar energy conversion and storage
TU Delft

Marc Koper

Professor of Catalysis and surface chemistry
Leiden University

Petra de Jongh

Professor of Inorganic nanomaterials
Utrecht University

Guido Mul

Professor of Photocatalytic synthesis
University of Twente

Francesco Mattarozzi

PhD candidate
Utrecht University

Sanjana Chandrashekar

PhD candidate
Delft University of Technology

Sobhan Neyrizi

PhD candidate
University of Twente