DOI: 10.1002/smll.202310409 ISSN: 1613-6810

Distinctive pd Orbital Hybridization in CuSb Porous Nanonetworks for Enhanced Nitrite Electroreduction to Ammonia

Min Yan, Ranran Wei, Ruifan Zhang, Xiaoying Zhang, Shiqin Sun, Xuewen Wei, Xianlong Wang, Shuli Yin, Yinglong Wang
  • Biomaterials
  • Biotechnology
  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry


Electrochemical nitrite reduction reaction (), as a green and sustainable ammonia synthesis technology, has broad application prospects and environmental friendliness. Herein, an unconventional pd orbital hybridization strategy is reported to realize the fabrication of defect‐rich CuSb porous nanonetwork (CuSb PNs) electrocatalyst for . The crystalline/amorphous heterophase structure is cleverly introduced into the porous nanonetworks, and this defect‐rich structure exposes more atoms and activated boundaries. CuSb PNs exhibit a large NH3 yield () of 946.1 µg h−1 and a high faradaic efficiency (FE) of 90.7%. Experimental and theoretical studies indicate that the excellent performance of CuSb PNs results from the defect‐rich porous nanonetworks structure and the p‐d hybridization of Cu and Sb elements. This work describes a powerful pathway for the fabrication of pd orbital hybrid defect‐rich porous nanonetworks catalysts, and provides hope for solving the problem of nitrogen oxide pollution in the field of environment and energy.

More from our Archive