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Doubling the efficiency of electrosynthesis

The ability to maximize electron utilization in electrosynthesis has been a long-standing goal, with research typically focusing on catalyst design or pairing disparate reactions. Now, electrocatalytic hydrogenation is performed with Faradaic efficiencies approaching 200% by producing hydrogen atoms from both the reduction and oxidation reactions simultaneously.

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Fig. 1: A dual palladium hydrogenation system results in double the product at lower voltages.


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Sherbo, R.S., Kurimoto, A. Doubling the efficiency of electrosynthesis. Nat Catal 6, 218–219 (2023).

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