Dr. Ruud Kortlever

Catalysts and reaction pathways for the electrochemical reduction of CO2

Dr. Ruud Kortlever


The increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is an issue of global concern, as CO2 is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect.1 The electrochemical reduction of CO2 to commodity chemicals or fuels driven by renewable energy provides a unique approach to utilize CO2 as an inexpensive carbon feedstock.

In recent years, numerous research articles on electrochemical CO2 reduction have focused on the determination of the reaction mechanism, both experimental2 and theoretical,3 as more mechanistic insight is expected to lead to better, tailor-made catalytic systems. In this talk, I give an overview of reaction pathways for CO2 reduction and I will discuss design strategies for the development of novel electrocatalysts that are able to reduce CO2 to valuable chemicals on the basis of some recently published examples.4,5

1.             Centi, G.; Perathoner, S., Catal. Today 2009, 148, 191.

2.             Schouten, K.J.P.; Kwon, Y.; van der Ham, C.J.M.; Qin, Z.; Koper, M.T.M. Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 1902.

3.             Nie, X.; Esopi, M.R.; Janik, M.J.; Asthagiri, A. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 2459-62.

4.             Kortlever, R.; Peters, I.; Koper, S.; Koper, M.T.M., ACS Catal., 2015, 5, 3916.

5.             Kortlever, R.; Peters, I.; Balemans, C.; Kas, R.; Kwon, Y.; Mul, G.; Koper, M.T.M., Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 10229.




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Dr. Ruud Kortlever