Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide at ruthenium dioxide deposited on boron-doped diamond

Nicolae Spataru, Kenichi Tokuhiro, Chiaki Terashima, Tata N. Rao, Akira Fujishima

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Study of carbon dioxide reduction at RuO2-coated diamond electrodes showed that conductive metallic oxides are promising electrocatalysts for this process and allow higher reduction products to be obtained. The main reduction products obtained in acidic and neutral media were formic acid and methanol, with product efficiencies as high as 40 and 7.7%, respectively. It was observed that conductive diamond is a very well suited material for studying the electrocatalytic properties of conductive metallic oxides, because its use resulted in a negligible substrate effect. This feature will greatly enhance the ability to understand the relationships between the intrinsic electrochemical behavior and the electrocatalytic behavior, in view of developing new effective electrocatalysts. The use of conductive diamond could also allow better utilization of the electrocatalyst by avoiding the need for thick films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1205-1210
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Electrochemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


  • Boron-doped diamond
  • Carbon dioxide reduction
  • Ruthenium dioxide

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