Constructing Porous Carbon Electrocatalysts from Cobalt Complex-Decorated Micelles of Mesoporous Silica for Oxygen Reduction/Evolution Reaction

Published on Sep 15, 2021in Inorganic Chemistry5.165
路 DOI :10.1021/ACS.INORGCHEM.1C02268
Mengfei Li5
Estimated H-index: 5
(China University of Petroleum),
Lili Fan19
Estimated H-index: 19
(China University of Petroleum)
+ 4 AuthorsDaofeng Sun75
Estimated H-index: 75
(China University of Petroleum)
The construction of a porous carbon structure with a high specific surface area is conducive to enhanced electrocatalytic activity due to the accessibility of active sites and improvement of the mass transfer. Herein, we explored the possibility of using micelles of mesoporous silica (MCM-48) as the carbon source to generate porous carbon under the confinement of MCM-48 channels. The complexes formed by Co2+ and 4,4'-bipyridine were in situ incorporated into the micelles to derive Co-related active sites (Co-Nx, Co, and Co3O4) for catalyzing the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER). After pyrolysis in the N2 atmosphere and subsequent removal of the MCM-48 skeleton, the target porous carbon electrocatalyst was obtained, which exhibited promising performance for both ORR and OER and has great potential as the cathode material for Zn-air battery application. This work not only confirms the effectiveness of using the micelles of MCM-48 as the carbon source for preparing the porous carbon materials, but also provides a new platform for design and synthesis of structurally controllable materials for energy-related electrocatalytic applications.
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