A nitrogen-doped electrocatalyst from metal-organic framework-carbon nanotube composite

Ge, Lei and Lin, Rijia and Zhu, Zhonghua and Wang, Hao (2018) A nitrogen-doped electrocatalyst from metal-organic framework-carbon nanotube composite. Journal of Materials Research, 33 (5). pp. 538-545. ISSN 0884-2914


Replacing precious and nondurable platinum-based catalysts by economical and commercially available materials is a key issue addressed in contemporary fuel cell technology. Carbon-based nanomaterials display great potential to improve fuel tolerance and reduce the cost and stress on metal scalability. However, their relatively low catalytic activity limits the development and application of these catalysts. In this study, we have synthesized a nitrogen-doped carbon electrocatalyst from metal–organic frameworks and carbon nanotube composites, taking advantage of the existing N in the organic linker in the MOFs with more N added through ammonia treatment. The morphology and composition of synthesized catalysts were characterized by SEM, TEM, XPS, and Raman. The derived catalyst exhibited superior catalytic activity than that of commercial Pt-based catalysts. The N enriched carbon catalyst with high surface area, a graphitic carbon skeleton, and a hierarchical porous structure facilitated the mass and charge transfer during electrolysis.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2018 06:01
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 23:23
Fields of Research : 03 Chemical Sciences > 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry > 030304 Physical Chemistry of Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091205 Functional Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8504 Energy Transformation > 850401 Fuel Cells (excl. Solid Oxide)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2017.416
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33909

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