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ELECTROCATALYSIS

Copper, my precious!

To produce chemicals and fuels from CO2 and water while storing excess energy from renewable resources will play a big role in sustainability. Three decades ago, we learned that copper possesses the unique ability to break the stable CO2 bonds and to form C–C bonds, a key step towards higher-value products.

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Fig. 1: The discovery of Yoshio Hori et al.

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Buonsanti, R. Copper, my precious!. Nat Catal 4, 736–737 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41929-021-00674-2

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