Recent advances in graphitic carbon nitride based electro-catalysts for CO2 reduction reactions

Xinyi Mao, Ruitang Guo, Quhan Chen, Huiwen Zhu, Hongzhe Li, Zijun Yan, Zeyu Guo, Tao Wu

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The electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction reaction is an effective means of combating the greenhouse effect caused by massive carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon nitride in the graphitic phase (g-C3N4) has excellent chemical stability and unique structural properties that allow it to be widely used in energy and materials fields. However, due to its relatively low electrical conductivity, to date, little effort has been made to summarize the application of g-C3N4 in the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2. This review focuses on the synthesis and functionalization of g-C3N4 and the recent advances of its application as a catalyst and a catalyst support in the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2. The modification of g-C3N4-based catalysts for enhanced CO2 reduction is critically reviewed. In addition, opportunities for future research on g-C3N4-based catalysts for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3292
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2023


  • CO reduction
  • electrocatalysis
  • graphitic phase carbon nitride (g-CN)
  • novel catalyst carrier
  • single atom catalyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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