Hierarchical Flowerlike Highly Synergistic Three-Dimensional Iron Tungsten Oxide Nanostructure-Anchored Nitrogen-Doped Graphene as an Efficient and Durable Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

Author(s) Maiti, K.; Balamurugan, J.; Gautam, J.; Kim, N.Hoon; Lee, J.Hee
Journal ACS Appl Mater Interfaces
Date Published 2018 Sep 13

A unique and novel structural morphology with high specific surface area, highly synergistic, remarkable porous conductive networks with outstanding catalytic performance, and durability of oxygen reduction electrocatalyst are typical promising properties in fuel cell application; however, exploring and interpreting this fundamental topic is still a challenging task in the whole world. Herein, we have demonstrated a simple and inexpensive synthesis strategy to design three-dimensional (3D) iron tungsten oxide nanoflower-anchored nitrogen-doped graphene (3D Fe-WO NF/NG) hybrid for a highly efficient synergistic catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The construction of flowerlike Fe-WO nanostructures, based on synthesis parameters, and their ORR performances are systematically investigated. Although pristine 3D Fe-WO NF or reduced graphene oxides show poor catalytic performance and even their hybrid shows unsatisfactory results, impressively, the excellent ORR activity and its outstanding durability are further improved by N doping, especially due to pyridinic and graphitic nitrogen moieties into a graphene sheet. Remarkably, 3D Fe-WO NF/NG hybrid nanoarchitecture reveals an outstanding electrocatalytic performance with a remarkable onset potential value (∼0.98 V), a half-wave potential (∼0.85 V) versus relative hydrogen electrode, significant methanol tolerance, and extraordinary durability of ∼95% current retention, even after 15 000 potential cycles, which is superior to a commercial Pt/C. The exclusive porous architecture, excellent electrical conductivity, and the high synergistic interaction between 3D Fe-WO NF and NG sheets are the beneficial phenomena for such admirable catalytic performance. Therefore, this finding endows design of a highly efficient and durable nonprecious metal-based electrocatalyst for high-performance ORR in alkaline media.

DOI 10.1021/acsami.8b11406
ISSN 1944-8252
Citation ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2018.

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