Ionic Liquid–Mediated Selective Conversion of CO2 to CO at Low Overpotentials

@article{Rosen2011IonicLS,
  title={Ionic Liquid–Mediated Selective Conversion of CO2 to CO at Low Overpotentials},
  author={Brian A. Rosen and Amin Salehi‐Khojin and Michael R. Thorson and Wei Zhu and Devin T. Whipple and Paul J. A. Kenis and Richard I. Masel},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={334},
  pages={643 - 644}
}
Carbon dioxide reduction reactions, a key step in creating fuels from this gas, can be achieved in an ionic liquid. Electroreduction of carbon dioxide (CO2)—a key component of artificial photosynthesis—has largely been stymied by the impractically high overpotentials necessary to drive the process. We report an electrocatalytic system that reduces CO2 to carbon monoxide (CO) at overpotentials below 0.2 volt. The system relies on an ionic liquid electrolyte to lower the energy of the (CO2… 
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