High activity electrocatalysts from metal–organic framework-carbon nanotube templates for the oxygen reduction reaction

Ge, Lei ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2989-0329 and Yang, Ying and Wang, Li and Zhou, Wei and De Marco, Roland and Chen, Zhigang ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9309-7993 and Zou, Jin and Zhu, Zhonghua (2015) High activity electrocatalysts from metal–organic framework-carbon nanotube templates for the oxygen reduction reaction. Carbon, 82 (C). pp. 417-424. ISSN 0008-6223


Developing economical and commercially available materials to replace precious and nondurable platinum based catalysts is a very important issue in contemporary fuel cell technology. Nanostructured carbon materials have the potential to reduce the costs, improve the fuel tolerance and scalability; however, they are limited presently by their relatively low catalytic activity. Herein, we have synthesized a new electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction derived from in situ growth of metal–organic frameworks on carbon nanotubes, followed by pyrolysis. The most efficient catalyst yielded comparable catalytic
activity than commercial platinum-based catalysts and a low Tafel slope of 49 mV dec-1. This excellent performance is attributable to the formation of 3D structured porous and
N doped carbon/carbon nanotubular composites. High surface area and continuous catalytic layer on graphitic carbon boosts the active sites and reactivity during electrolysis.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 00:26
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 02:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon; carbon nanotubes; catalysts; crystalline materials; doping (additives); electrocatalysts; electrolytic reduction; fuel cells; organic carbon; organic polymers; organometallics; oxygen; platinum; yarn; efficient catalysts; fuel cell technologies; graphitic carbons; high surface area; metal organic framework; nanostructured carbon materials; oxygen reduction reaction; platinum based catalyst; catalyst activity
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091205 Functional Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401605 Functional materials
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2014.10.085
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31135

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