Highly correlation of CO2 reduction selectivity and surface electron Accumulation: A case study of Au-MoS2 and Ag-MoS2 catalyst

Songmei Sun*, Qi An, Motonori Watanabe, Junfang Cheng, Hack Ho Kim, Taner Akbay, Atsushi Takagaki, Tatsumi Ishihara

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Artificial photosynthesis from CO2 reduction to methane is severely hampered by the kinetically challenging eight-electron transfer process. Accumulated electrons has been demonstrated can decrease this kinetic barrier. However, charge accumulation were mainly reported in several homogenous systems because of its difficulties in heterogenous systems. Here we identify that highly accumulated electrons exist in Au loaded ultrathin MoS2 under light irradiation, resulting in a superior performance of CO2 reduction to methane. The selectivity for methane is up to 80 % with an average production rate of about 19.38 μmolg−1 h−1 in pure water. Further detailed studies reveal that plasmon-excited hot electrons transfer from Au to charged excitons in ultrathin MoS2 promotes electron accumulation and multi-electron CO2 reduction kinetics for methane generation. This is further supported by the CO2 reduction performance of Ag-MoS2. Along with the vanished accumulated electrons, CO is the main product with a selectivity of 98 %.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118931
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 15
Externally publishedYes


  • CO reduction
  • Electron accumulation
  • Photocatalysis
  • Reaction intermediate
  • Solar energy conversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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