Bio-Derived Co2P Nanoparticles Supported on Nitrogen-Doped Carbon as Promising Oxygen Reduction Reaction Electrocatalyst for Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

Dong Wook Lee, Jue Hyuk Jang, Injoon Jang, Yun Sik Kang, Seguen Jang, Kwan Young Lee, Jong Hyun Jang, Hyung Juhn Kim, Sung Jong Yoo

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Abstract

Recently, nonnoble-metal catalysts such as a metal coordinated to nitrogen doped in a carbon matrix have been reported to exhibit superior oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity in alkaline media. In this work, Co2P nanoparticles supported on heteroatom-doped carbon catalysts (NBSCP) are developed with an eco-friendly synthesis method using bean sprouts. NBSCP can be easily synthesized through metal precursor absorption and carbonization at a high temperature. It shows a very large specific surface area with various dopants such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur derived from small organic molecules. The catalyst can exhibit activity in various electrochemical reactions. In particular, excellent performance is noted for the ORR. Compared to the commercial Pt/C, NBSCP exhibits a lower onset potential, higher current density, and superior durability. This excellent ORR activity and durability is attributable to the synergistic effect between Co2P nanoparticles and nitrogen-doped carbon. In addition, superior performance is noted on applying NBSCP to a practical anion exchange membrane fuel cell system. Through this work, the possibility of applying an easily obtained bio-derived material to energy conversion and storage systems is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1902090
JournalSmall
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

Keywords

  • anion exchange membrane fuel cells
  • bean sprouts
  • bio-derived catalysts
  • nonnoble-metal catalysts
  • oxygen reduction reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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