Fundamental understanding of the dependence between the structure and composition on the electrochemical CO 2 reduction reaction (CO 2 RR) would guide the rational design of highly efficient and selective electrocatalysts. A major impediment to the deep reduction CO 2 to multi-carbon products is the complexity of carbon-carbon bond coupling. The chemically well-defined catalysts with atomically dispersed dual-metal sites are required for these C-C coupling involved processes. Here, we developed a catalyst (BIF-102NSs) that features Cl - bridged dimer copper (Cu 2 ) units, which delivers high catalytic activity and selectivity for C 2 H 4 . Mechanistic investigation verifies that neighboring Cu monomers not only perform as regulator for varying the reaction barrier, but also afford distinct reaction paths compared with isolated monomers, resulting in greatly improved electroreduction performance for CO 2 .
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Acknowledgements: This work is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (21935010, 21773242), National Key Research and Development Program of China (2018YFA0208600), and the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB20000000).
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