Discovery of a highly active molybdenum phosphide catalyst for methanol synthesis from CO and CO2

Melis S. Duyar, Charlie Tsai, Jonathan L. Snider, Joseph Singh, Alessandro Gallo, Jong Suk Yoo, Andrew J. Medford, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Felix Studt, Jakob Kibsgaard, Stacey Bent, Jens K. Nørskov, Thomas F. Jaramillo
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Angewandte Chemie

Methanol is a major fuel and chemical feedstock currently produced from syngas, a CO/CO2/H2 mixture. Here we identify formate binding strength as a key parameter limiting the activity and stability of known catalysts for methanol synthesis in the presence of CO2. We present a molybdenum phosphide catalyst for CO and CO2 reduction to methanol, which through a weaker interaction with formate, can improve the activity and stability of methanol synthesis catalysts in a wide range of CO/CO2/H2 feeds.

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