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A dual ligand coordination strategy for synthesizing drum-like Co, N co-doped porous carbon electrocatalyst towards superior oxygen reduction and zinc-air batteries

  • Huang, Kexin
  • Yang, Zhongyun
  • Liu, Ling
  • Yang, Xue
  • Fan, Youjun
  • Sun, Miaolan
  • Liu, Chengzhou
  • Chen, Wei
  • Yang, Jun
Publication Date
Jul 13, 2021
Institutional Repository of Institute of Process Engineering, CAS (IPE-IR)
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We herein propose a dual ligand coordination strategy for deriving puissant non-noble metal electrocatalysts to substitute valuable platinum (Pt)-based materials toward oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), a key reaction in metal-air batteries and fuel cells. In brief, cobalt ions are firstly double-coordinated with proportionate 2-methylimidazole (2-MeIm) and benzimidazole (BIm) to obtain drum-like zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (D-ZIFs), which are then carbonized to output the final Co, N co-doped porous carbon (Co-N-PCD) catalyst inheriting the drum-like morphology of D-ZIFs. The Co-N-PCD is featured by mesopores and exhibits superb electrocatalytic behavior for ORR. Impressively, the half wave potential of Co-N-PCD catalysts is 0.886 V with finer methanol-tolerance and stability than those of commercial Pt/C. Additionally, a zinc-air battery assembled from the Co-N-PCD displays an open-circuit voltage of 1.413 V, comparable to that of commercial Pt/C (1.455 V), suggesting the potentials of Co-N-PCD in practical energy conversion devices. (c) 2021 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. <comment>Superscript/Subscript Available</comment

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