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CO2-to-ethylene electroreduction gets a boost

Electrochemical CO2 conversion to hydrocarbons has increasingly improved with the development of better catalysts. Now, a copper catalyst modified with a polymer boosts the selectivity for ethylene production to 87%.

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Fig. 1: Electrochemical conversion of CO2 to ethylene using polymer-modified copper catalysts.


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Andreoli, E. CO2-to-ethylene electroreduction gets a boost. Nat Catal 4, 8–9 (2021).

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