Copper nanoparticles (Cu NPs) are intensively investigated in recent years due to their promising catalytic properties, e. g. selective alkyne hydrogenation and CO2 electrocatalytic reduction. While dispersing small supported Cu nanoparticles is relatively straightforward on most oxides, obtaining the corresponding small and well dispersed nanoparticles on carbon supports is more challenging because of weaker metal-support interactions resulting typically in larger particles and broader distribution. Here, we show that Surface Organometallic Chemistry can be applied on carbon support and allows the generation of small and narrowly dispersed Cu NPs (4.0+/−1.4 nm) supported on carbon. The thus-obtained Cu nanoparticles are catalytically active in the selective semihydrogenation of an alkyne and the hydrogenation of ethyl cinnamate into the corresponding saturated ester. Moreover, these Cu NPs dispersed on a conductive support catalyze the electroconversion of CO2 towards C1 (CO, HCOO−, CH4) and C2 (C2H4) reduction products, with high Cu-specific activity towards methane.
- alkyne semihydrogenation
- carbon support
- CO electroreduction
- selective hydrogenation
- Supported copper nanoparticles
- surface organometallic chemistry