CO₂ reduction promoted by metal-promoted Mo₆S₈ clusters

Graphical abstract illustrating electronic modification of active-site environment
Graphical abstract illustrating electronic modification of active-site environment

In a recent publication (Perryman and coworkers, Materials Horizons, 2019) the Velázquez Lab describes for the first time experimental evidence of CO reduction (COR) activity over the compositionally modular Chevrel-Phase chalcogenide framework. In this unique framework, “promotion” of MoS units by a ternary metal species allows for electronic tuning of COR-active sites, and further acts to stabilize anionic domains of key reaction intermediates, thereby providing an avenue toward controllable catalytic selectivity. This work provides insights regarding structure-function correlations that have relevance in energy conversion and storage, and further introduces a promising new family of active COR catalysts. 

More information at: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2019/MH/C9MH00745H