Light-Driven Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Carbon Monoxide and Methane Using Perovskite Photovoltaics

Serkan Esiner, Junke Wang, René A.J. Janssen (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Storing solar energy in chemical bonds is an effective strategy to overcome the intermittency of sunlight as an energy source. Here, we demonstrate unassisted light-driven electrochemical aqueous carbon dioxide reduction to carbon monoxide and methane using p-i-n double-cation lead halide perovskite solar cells in combination with catalytic electrodes for carbon dioxide reduction and water oxidation at near-neutral pH. Three series-connected photovoltaic cells and gold and ruthenium(IV) oxide electrodes provide carbon monoxide with >8% solar-to-carbon monoxide conversion efficiency for 4.5 h. Including concomitant hydrogen formation, the total solar-to-fuel conversion efficiency remains >8.3% for 10 h. Four series-connected cells with copper and ruthenium(IV) oxide electrodes provide methane. The longevity of the copper electrode improves by setting the cell to open circuit for 1 min every 15 min. The solar-to-methane conversion efficiency is close to 2%, and including 3% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency, the solar-to-fuel conversion efficiency is 5% for 8 h.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100058
Number of pages16
JournalCell Reports Physical Science
Volume1
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2020

Keywords

  • carbon dioxide reduction
  • carbon monoxide
  • hydrogen
  • light-driven electrochemical reduction
  • metal halide perovskite
  • methane
  • solar cell
  • solar fuel

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