CO2 Reduction Reactions by Rhodium-Based Catalysts

  • Danilo Bonincontro
  • Elsje Alessandra QuadrelliEmail author
Part of the Topics in Organometallic Chemistry book series (TOPORGAN, volume 61)


Reduction reactions of CO2 using chemicals obtained from renewable energy sources (as for example, dihydrogen obtained using renewable-issued electricity) or using directly renewable energy sources can contribute to store and use renewable energies in our current infrastructures. Rh-based catalysts have been playing a key role in the field of CO2 reduction. From its very first application as homogeneous catalyst to now, several Rh-based catalytic systems have been successfully tested. This chapter gives the reader an overview as well as a mechanistic insight where possible into the Rh-catalysed CO2 reduction reductions: production of formic acid and higher carboxylic acids with homogeneous catalysts, methane, CO and various oxygenated compounds via heterogeneous catalysis, and various products by means of electro- and photocatalysis.


Carbon dioxide Electrocatalysis Formic acid Heterogeneous catalysis Homogenous catalysis Mechanism Photocatalysis Rhodium 



DB and EAQ gratefully acknowledge the SINCHEM Joint Doctorate program selected under the Erasmus Mundus Action 1 Program – FPA 2013–0037. EAQ acknowledges support from French CNRS, University Claude Bernard Lyon and CPE Lyon. DB thanks Fondazione “Toso Montanari” from Bologna (Italy).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danilo Bonincontro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Université de Lyon, C2P2, UMR 5265, CNRS – Univeristé de Lyon1 UCBL – CPE LyonVilleurbanneFrance
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale “Toso Montanari”BolognaItaly

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