Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction to Ethylene : From Advanced Catalyst Design to Industrial Applications

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  • Tianrui Lu
  • Ting Xu
  • Shaojun Zhu
  • Jun Li
  • Jichang Wang
  • Huile Jin
  • Jing-Jing Lv
  • Zheng-Jun Wang
  • Shun Wang

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2310433
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Materials
Issue number52
Online published6 Nov 2023
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2023


The value-added chemicals, monoxide, methane, ethylene, ethanol, ethane, and so on, can be efficiently generated through the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction (eCO2RR) when equipped with suitable catalysts. Among them, ethylene is particularly important as a chemical feedstock for petrochemical manufacture. However, despite its high Faradaic efficiency achievable at relatively low current densities, the substantial enhancement of ethylene selectivity and stability at industrial current densities poses a formidable challenge. To facilitate the industrial implementation of eCO2RR for ethylene production, it is imperative to identify key strategies and potential solutions through comprehending the recent advancements, remaining challenges, and future directions. Herein, the latest and innovative catalyst design strategies of eCO2RR to ethylene are summarized and discussed, starting with the properties of catalysts such as morphology, crystalline, oxidation state, defect, composition, and surface engineering. The review subsequently outlines the related important state-of-the-art technologies that are essential in driving forward eCO2RR to ethylene into practical applications, such as CO2 capture, product separation, and downstream reactions. Finally, a greenhouse model that integrates CO2 capture, conversion, storage, and utilization is proposed to present an ideal perspective direction of eCO2RR to ethylene. © 2023 Wiley-VCH GmbH.

Research Area(s)

  • catalyst design, electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction, ethylene production, greenhouse model, industrial application

Citation Format(s)

Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction to Ethylene: From Advanced Catalyst Design to Industrial Applications. / Lu, Tianrui; Xu, Ting; Zhu, Shaojun et al.
In: Advanced Materials, Vol. 35, No. 52, 2310433, 27.12.2023.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review