Spectro-electrochemical examination of the formation of dimethyl carbonate from CO and methanol at different electrode materials

Marta C. Figueiredo, Vinh Trieu, Stefanie Eiden, Marc T.M. Koper (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

In this work, we report a fundamental mechanistic study of the electrochemical oxidative carbonylation of methanol with CO for the synthesis of dimethyl carbonate on metallic electrodes at low overpotentials. For the first time, the reaction was shown to take place on the metallic catalysts without need of oxidized metals or additives. Moreover, in-situ spectroelectrochemical techniques were applied to this electrosynthesis reaction in order to reveal the reaction intermediates and to shed light into the reaction mechanism. Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy was used with different electrode materials (Au, Pd, Pt, and Ag) to assess the effect of the electrode material on the reaction and the dependence of products and intermediates on the applied potentials. It was observed that the dimethyl carbonate is only formed when the electrode is able to decompose/oxidize MeOH to form (adsorbed) methoxy groups that can further react with CO to dimethyl carbonate. Furthermore, the electrode needs to adsorb CO not too strongly; otherwise, further reaction will be inhibited because of surface poisoning by CO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14693-14698
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume139
Issue number41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

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