Isolated Cobalt Centers on W18O49Nanowires Perform as a Reaction Switch for Efficient CO2Photoreduction

Huabin Zhang, Yan Wang, Shouwei Zuo, Wei Zhou, Jing Zhang, Xiong Wen David Lou

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Isolated cobalt atoms have been successfully decorated onto the surface of W18O49 ultrathin nanowires. The Co-atom-decorated W18O49 nanowires (W18O49@Co) greatly accelerate the charge carrier separation and electron transport in the catalytic system. Moreover, the surface decoration with Co atoms modifies the energy configuration of the W18O49@Co hybrid and thus boosts the redox capability of photoexcited electrons for CO2 reduction. The decorated Co atoms work as the real active sites and, perhaps more importantly, perform as a reaction switch to enable the reaction to proceed. The optimized catalyst delivers considerable activity for photocatalytic CO2 reduction, yielding an impressive CO generation rate of 21.18 mmol g-1 h-1.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2173-2177
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 10 2021
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis


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