Electroreduction of Methanediol on Copper

Authors: 
Heine A. Hansen, Joseph H. Montoya, Yin-Jia Zhang, Chuan Shi, Andrew A. Peterson, Jens K. Nørskov
Year of publication: 
2013
Journal: 
Catalysis Letters

We have used density functional theory calcu- lations to study intermediates in the electroreduction of methanediol on copper. We find that methanediol, which is the hydrated form of formaldehyde, may be reduced to methanol with a limiting potential close to the experi- mental onset for reduction of aqueous formaldehyde.