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Carbon Species Solvated in Molten Carbonate Electrolyser Cell from First-Principles Simulations

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revised on 11.09.2020 and posted on 14.09.2020 by Antoine Carof, François-Xavier Coudert, Dario Corradini, Dominika Lesnicki, elsa desamele, Rodolphe Vuilleumier
We study the solvation of molecules and ions that are key in the context of Molten Carbonate Electrolyser Cells using first-principles simulations. Focusing on the electroreduction of CO2 to CO in a molten carbonate medium, we investigate the solvation of both the reactant CO2 and the product CO in the eutectic LiKCO3, (containing 62 % Li2CO3, 38 % K2CO3,). CO2 is found to spontaneously react with the carbonate ions to form the transient pyrocarbonate species, C2O52-. To investigate the similar reaction that could occur with CO and CO32- to form an oxalate, we simulated that species and found it to be stable in the melt, supporting this hypothesis. We further present the solvation of O2-, finding that it shows preferential formation of a complex with four lithium cations in a tetrahedral arrangement. Estimates of the diffusion coefficients of these species are then reported, showing that CO has the faster diffusion of all the molecules and ions studied.

Funding

ANR-10-IDEX-0001-02

CoMprehension & Optimization of high temperature CO2 Electrolysis in Carbonates – MCEC

Agence Nationale de la Recherche

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Email Address of Submitting Author

rodolphe.vuilleumier@ens.psl.eu

Institution

PASTEUR, Département de chimie, Ecole normale supérieure, PSL University, Sorbonne Université, CNRS

Country

France

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0001-5386-699X

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No conflict of interest

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