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Co nanoparticles supported on three-dimensionally N-doped holey graphene aerogels for electrocatalytic oxygen reduction

Cao, Kai-Wen, Huang, Hao, Li, Fu-Min, Yao, Hong-Chang, Bai, Juan, Chen, Pei, Jin, Pu-Jun, Deng, Zi-Wei, Zeng, Jing-Hui, Chen, Yu
Journal of colloid and interface science 2020 v.559 pp. 143-151
aerogels, catalysts, catalytic activity, cobalt, crystal structure, electrochemistry, fuel cells, graphene, methanol, nanoparticles, oxygen, platinum, selectivity (chemistry), temperature
The reactive and stable catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction are highly desirable for low temperature fuel cells. The commercial oxygen reduction reaction electrocatalysts generally reply on noble metal based nanomaterials, which suffer from inherent cost and selectivity issues. At present, it still remains challenge for designing efficient non-noble metal-based oxygen reduction reaction electrocatalysts. Herein, we successfully synthesize Co nanoparticles supported on three-dimensionally N-doped holey graphene aerogels hybrids by the high-temperature calcination of the graphene aerogels-polyallylamine-Coᴵᴵ hybrids. The component optimized hybrids show the excellent electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline media, which is comparable to commercial Pt/C electrocatalyst. Meanwhile, the hybrids also show eminent tolerance for CO and methanol, attributing to their excellent oxygen reduction reaction selectivity. The three-dimensionally interconnected structure of graphene aerogels, N-doping, uniform dispersion and high crystallinity of Co nanoparticles, and holey structure of graphene contribute to the striking oxygen reduction reaction activity of hybrids.