4.6 Article

Selective CO-to-acetate electroreduction via intermediate adsorption tuning on ordered Cu-Pd sites


Volume 5, Issue 4, Pages 251-258


DOI: 10.1038/s41929-022-00757-8




  1. National Key Research and Development Programme of China [2018YFA0209401, 2018YFA0208600]
  2. Natural Science Foundation of China [22025502, 21975051, 21688102]
  3. Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality [21DZ1206800, 19XD1420400]
  4. Shanghai Municipal Education Commission [2019-01-07-00-07-E00045]

Ask authors/readers for more resources

In this study, a novel copper-palladium intermetallic compound catalyst was developed to enhance the hydrogenation reduction of carbon monoxide, thereby promoting the formation of acetate. The catalyst exhibited high selectivity and efficiency for acetate production, and demonstrated good performance in long-term stability tests.
Electrochemical reduction of carbon monoxide (CO) has recently emerged as a potential approach for obtaining high-value, multicarbon products such as acetate, while the activity and selectivity for prodution of acetate have remained low. Herein, we develop an atomically ordered copper-palladium intermetallic compound (CuPd) composed of a high density of Cu-Pd pairs that feature as catalytic sites to enrich surface *CO coverage, stabilize ethenone as a key acetate path intermediate and inhibit the hydrogen evolution reaction, thus substantially promoting acetate formation. The CuPd electrocatalyst enables a high Faradaic efficiency of 70 +/- 5% for CO-to-acetate electroreduction and a high acetate partial current density of 425 mA cm(-2). Under membrane electrode assembly conditions, the CuPd electrocatalyst demonstrated a 500 h CO-to-acetate conversion at 500 mA cm(-2) with a stable acetate Faradaic efficiency of similar to 50%.


I am an author on this paper
Click your name to claim this paper and add it to your profile.


Primary Rating

Not enough ratings

Secondary Ratings

Scientific rigor
Rate this paper


No Data Available
No Data Available