Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet 
November 2020



Mengyang Fan

PhD student at the Energy, Materials and Telecommunications Research Centre
Institut national de la recherche scientifique


Award-winning publication: Uncovering the Nature of Electroactive Sites in Nano Architectured Dendritic Bi for Highly Efficient CO2 Electroreduction to Formate

Published inApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
 

Abstract

CO2 emissions have exceeded the recycling capability of the nature, resulting in a series of environmental problems. The electrochemical reduction of CO2 could allow converting CO2 into carbonbased chemicals that can be used as fuels. Mengyang Fan designed and synthesized a new generation of dendritic Bi modified porous Pb electrode, showing excellent converting efficiency of CO2 with good stability and producing the value-added formate. Furthermore, she addressed the challenging issue of unrevealing the nature of the Bi active sites, and provided a new sight of catalyst design. Her work promises a bright future of green-house gas conversion and 3D-materials design.