An Ion-Imprinting Derived Strategy to Synthesize Single-Atom Iron Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction

Published on Apr 1, 2021in Small11.459
· DOI :10.1002/SMLL.202004454
Shichao Ding12
Estimated H-index: 12
(WSU: Washington State University),
Zhaoyuan Lyu7
Estimated H-index: 7
(WSU: Washington State University)
+ 14 AuthorsYuehe Lin129
Estimated H-index: 129
(WSU: Washington State University)
Carbon-based single-atom catalysts (CSACs) have recently received extensive attention in catalysis research. However, the preparation process of CSACs involves a high-temperature treatment, during which metal atoms are mobile and aggregated into nanoparticles, detrimental to the catalytic performance. Herein, an ion-imprinting derived strategy is proposed to synthesize CSACs, in which isolated metal-nitrogen-carbon (Me-N4 -Cx ) moiety covalently binds oxygen atoms in Si-based molecular sieve frameworks. Such a feature makes Me-N4 -Cx moiety well protected/confined during the heat treatment, resulting in the final material enriched with single-atom metal active sites. As a proof of concept, a single-atom Fe-N-C catalyst is synthesized by using this ion-imprinting derived strategy. Experimental results and theoretical calculations demonstrate high concentration of single FeN4 active sites distributed in this catalyst, resulting in an outstanding oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) performance with a half-wave potential of 0.908 V in alkaline media.
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