Exploiting thiolate/disulfide redox couples toward large-scale electrochemical carbon dioxide capture and release

07 March 2024, Version 1
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Reducing global carbon dioxide emissions is a critical issue that requires sustainable, energy-efficient and scalable solutions. Electrochemical carbon dioxide capture and release with redox active molecule has drawn an intense amount of interest, owing to its mild operation condition, low energy consumption and high flexibility compared with traditional CO2 capture technologies. Here, we demonstrate a series of thiolate/ disulfide redox couples, with high practical solubility and weak protonation ability, which are able to reversibly capture and release CO¬2. The mechanism of CO2 capture and release using such redox couples is elucidated via combining cyclic voltammetric and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic measurements. Further, we show the redox performance of such materials can be significantly improved by functional group tuning and electrolyte engineering. Among them, the 4-fluorophenyl thiolate/4-fluorophenyl disulfide redox couple shows an initial CO2 capacity utilization efficiency and average release/capture efficiency of ~100% and ~90%, respectively, under simulated flue gas (20% CO2) in a flow system. Besides, it exhibits a good cycling stability against moisture. This work opens new opportunity to future works in developing thiolate/disulfide redox couples for large-scale electrochemical carbon dioxide capture and release applications.


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