Hierarchical mesoporous SnO2 nanosheets on carbon cloth: a robust and flexible electrocatalyst for CO2 reduction with high efficiency and selectivity

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Electrochemical reduction of CO2 into liquid fuels is a promising approach to achieve a carbon-neutral energy cycle. However, conventional electrocatalysts usually suffer from low energy efficiency and poor selectivity and stability. A 3D hierarchical structure composed of mesoporous SnO2 nanosheets on carbon cloth is proposed to efficiently and selectively electroreduce CO2 to formate in aqueous media. The electrode is fabricated by a facile combination of hydrothermal reaction and calcination. It exhibits an unprecedented partial current density of about 45 mA cm−2 at a moderate overpotential (0.88 V) with high faradaic efficiency (87±2 %), which is even larger than most gas diffusion electrodes. Additionally, the electrode also demonstrates flexibility and long-term stability. The superior performance is attributed to the robust and highly porous hierarchical structure, which provides a large surface area and facilitates charge and mass transfer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-509
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2017


  • 3D electrodes
  • CO2 reduction
  • electrocatalysis
  • nanosheets
  • nanostructures

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