Theoretical study on highly efficient reduction of CO2 by in-situ produced hydrogen using Al under mild hydrothermal conditions

Xu Zeng, Fangming Jin, Guodong Yao, Zhibao Huo

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Abstract

A theoretical study with quantum chemistry calculations was performed to investigate highly efficient reduction of CO2 to formic acid using Al under mild hydrothermal conditions. All the structures of the reactants, products and transition states were optimized by B3LYP functional using the extended 6-311 + G(3df,2p) basis set. The formation of HAlOH species, an intermediates in the reaction of Al with H2O, was calculated firstly. The formation of HCOO- was simulated subsequently. Our theoretical results showed that Al-H is a key intermediate species in the highly efficient reduction of CO2 to formic acid using Al under mild hydrothermal conditions, which demonstrated that the formation of formic acid is through an SN2-like mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9140-9144
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume41
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 8

Keywords

  • Al
  • CO reduction
  • Formic acid
  • Hydrogen
  • Theoretical study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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