Oxygen reduction activity of cobalt-nitride on nitrogen-doped graphene

Fuel cells technology can offer suitable alternatives to replace one of the most important environmental issues of our days, i.e., fossil fuels. In the last decades, non-precious metal catalysts came in the view such as transition metal-oxides, -nitrides, or even metal free catalysts like N-graphene...

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Main Authors: Ballai Gergő
Varga Tamás
Haspel Henrik
Kukovecz Ákos
Kónya Zoltán
Corporate Author: International Symposium on Analytical and Environmental Problems (23.) (2017) (Szeged)
Format: Book part
Published: 2017
Series:Proceedings of the International Symposium on Analytical and Environmental Problems 23
Kulcsszavak:Környezetkémia - előadáskivonat
Online Access:http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/56230
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Summary:Fuel cells technology can offer suitable alternatives to replace one of the most important environmental issues of our days, i.e., fossil fuels. In the last decades, non-precious metal catalysts came in the view such as transition metal-oxides, -nitrides, or even metal free catalysts like N-graphene. Such systems are expected to replace high cost oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts used nowadays [1]. We hereby demonstrate a simple method for the simultaneous synthesis of cobalt-nitride nanoparticles on nitrogen-doped graphene support. The reported non-precious metal catalyst showed high electrocatalytic activity in ORR, and thus it is a promising alternative cathode-side catalyst in polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells. The catalyst was synthesized from lyophilized graphene-oxide and cobalt(II)-acetate in NH3 flow at high temperature, and the effect of cobalt-nitride amount on catalyst properties was further examined. To this end, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD) were employed to monitor the morphological and structural changes in the graphene sheets and the supported cobalt-nitride particles. The electrochemical properties of the catalyst were investigated in a three-electrode cell in oxygen saturated 0.1 M potassiumhydroxide solution at different rotation rates with a rotating disk electrode (RDE) setup. The optimal amount of cobalt-nitride and nitrogen-doped graphene was determined, producing a promising non-precious metal catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction.
Physical Description:372
ISBN:978-963-306-563-1