Conversion of Carbon Dioxide by Methane Reforming under Visible-Light Irradiation: Surface-Plasmon-Mediated Nonpolar Molecule Activation

Huimin Liu, Xianguang Meng, Thang Duy Dao, Huabin Zhang, Peng Li, Kun Chang, Tao Wang, Mu Li, Tadaaki Nagao, Jinhua Ye

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Abstract

A novel CO2 photoreduction method, CO2 conversion through methane reforming into syngas (DRM) was adopted as an efficient approach to not only reduce the environmental concentration of the greenhouse gas CO2 but also realize the net energy storage from solar energy to chemical energy. For the first time it is reported that gold, which was generally regarded to be inactive in improving the performance of a catalyst in DRM under thermal conditions, enhanced the catalytic performance of Rh/SBA-15 in DRM under visible-light irradiation (1.7times, CO2 conversion increased from 2100 to 3600μmol g-1 s-1). UV/Vis spectra and electromagnetic field simulation results revealed that the highly energetic electrons excited by local surface plasmon resonances of Au facilitated the polarization and activation of CO2 and CH4 with thermal assistance. This work provides a new route for CO2 photoreduction and offers a distinctive method to photocatalytically activate nonpolar molecules. Storing solar energy: Gold enhances the catalytic performance of a Rh/SBA-15 catalyst in the dry reforming process of methane under visible-light irradiation (see picture). The highly energetic electrons excited by local surface plasmon resonances of gold facilitated the polarization and activation of carbon dioxide and methane under thermal conditions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11545-11549
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume54
Issue number39
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis

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