Chapter 10: Electrochemical Reactors

Maxwell Goldman, Eric Lees, Paloma Prieto, Benjamin Mowbray, David Weekes, Angelica Reyes, Tengfei Li, Danielle Salvatore, Wilson Smith, Curtis Berlinguette

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An electrolyzer capable of converting CO2 into carbon-based fuels and chemicals will need to operate at current densities in excess of 200 mA cm-2 for industrial applications. This chapter provides a comprehensive review of design considerations for electrolytic flow cell reactors capable of operation at these high current densities. We highlight how the dynamic chemical environment at these conditions is differentiated from experimental conditions more common to academic investigations, and provide a survey of reactor architectures that are being investigated for mediating the CO2 reduction reaction.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationCarbon Dioxide Electrochemistry: Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis
Subtitle of host publicationEnergy and Environment Series No. 28
EditorsMarc Robert, Cyrille Costentin, Kim Daasbjerg
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781788015462
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameRSC Energy and Environment Series
ISSN (Print)2044-0774
ISSN (Electronic)2044-0782

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5900-78582


  • carbon-based fuels
  • chemical environment
  • CO2 reduction
  • design considerations
  • electrochemical reactor
  • experimental conditions
  • flow cell reactors
  • high current densities


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