Towards accelerated durability testing protocols for CO2electrolysis

U. O. Nwabara, M. P. De Heer, E. R. Cofell, S. Verma, E. Negro, Paul J.A. Kenis

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In recent years, the electrochemical reduction of CO2 (ECO2RR) to value-added chemicals, fuels, and intermediates has been proposed as a promising option for utilizing excess CO2 emissions. ECO2RR could be integrated into existing CO2-emitting industrial processes to mitigate emissions. To get to that stage, however, ECO2RR cells and systems need to exhibit lifetimes of thousands of hours, similar to other commercially viable electrochemical systems. Accelerated durability testing (ADT) has been employed to rapidly screen the stability of these other electrochemical systems. Currently, most ECO2RR studies only report durability for tens of hours. Yet, once the ECO2RR field reaches longer system lifetimes as a whole, ADT studies will become necessary. In this perspective, we evaluate accelerated durability studies employed for fuel cells, water electrolyzers, and chlor alkali systems and apply the knowledge to suggest an appropriate ECO2RR ADT protocol, which is currently lacking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22557-22571
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number43
StatePublished - Nov 21 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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