Oxygen Vacancies in Amorphous InOx Nanoribbons Enhance CO2 Adsorption and Activation for CO2 Electroreduction
Junbo Zhang1, Rongguan Yin1, Qi Shao1, Ting Zhu2, and Xiaoqing Huang*，1（黄小青）
1 College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Soochow University No.199, Ren’ai Road, Suzhou 215123, Jiangsu (China)
2 Jiangxi Province Key Laboratory of Polymer Micro/Nano Manufacturing and Devices, East China University of Technology Jiangxi 330013, Nanchang (China)
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 5609--5613
Tuning surface electron transfer process by oxygen (O)‐vacancy engineering is an efficient strategy to develop enhanced catalysts for CO2 electroreduction (CO2ER). Herein, a series of distinct InOx NRs with different numbers of O‐vacancies, namely, pristine (P‐InOx), low vacancy (O‐InOx) and high‐vacancy (H‐InOx) NRs, have been prepared by simple thermal treatments. The H‐InOx NRs show enhanced performance with a best formic acid (HCOOH) selectivity of up to 91.7 % as well as high HCOOH partial current density over a wide range of potentials, largely outperforming those of the P‐InOx and O‐InOx NRs. The H‐InOx NRs are more durable and have a limited activity decay after continuous operating for more than 20 h. The improved performance is attributable to the abundant O‐vacancies in the amorphous H‐InOx NRs, which optimizes CO2adsorption/activation and facilitates electron transfer for efficient CO2ER.