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Folic Acid Self-Assembly Enabling Manganese Single-Atom Electrocatalyst for Selective Nitrogen Reduction to Ammonia

Authors
  • Wang, Xuewan1
  • Wu, Dan1
  • Liu, Suyun1
  • Zhang, Jiujun2
  • Fu, Xian-Zhu1
  • Luo, Jing-Li1
  • 1 Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, 518060, People’s Republic of China , Shenzhen (China)
  • 2 Shanghai University, Shanghai, 200444, People’s Republic of China , Shanghai (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nano-Micro Letters
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Publication Date
May 12, 2021
Volume
13
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s40820-021-00651-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Efficient and robust single-atom catalysts (SACs) based on cheap and earth-abundant elements are highly desirable for electrochemical reduction of nitrogen to ammonia (NRR) under ambient conditions. Herein, for the first time, a Mn–N–C SAC consisting of isolated manganese atomic sites on ultrathin carbon nanosheets is developed via a template-free folic acid self-assembly strategy. The spontaneous molecular partial dissociation enables a facile fabrication process without being plagued by metal atom aggregation. Thanks to well-exposed atomic Mn active sites anchored on two-dimensional conductive carbon matrix, the catalyst exhibits excellent activity for NRR with high activity and selectivity, achieving a high Faradaic efficiency of 32.02% for ammonia synthesis at − 0.45 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode. Density functional theory calculations unveil the crucial role of atomic Mn sites in promoting N2 adsorption, activation and selective reduction to NH3 by the distal mechanism. This work provides a simple synthesis process for Mn–N–C SAC and a good platform for understanding the structure-activity relationship of atomic Mn sites.Graphic Abstract

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