Effects of oxygen functional groups on electrochemical performance of carbon materials for dechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane to ethylene

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Author(s)

  • Guoqiang Gan
  • Shiying Fan
  • Xinyong Li
  • Liang Wang
  • Zhifan Yin
  • Jing Wang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number134547
Journal / PublicationChemical Engineering Journal
Volume434
Online published6 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Carbon materials have been widely proved to be promising electrocatalysts for 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) dechlorination reaction (DCEDR), while the significance or precise role of oxygen functional groups (OFGs) on the electrochemical reactivity has yet to be clarified. Herein, based on a sequence of reduced graphene oxide (RGOs) with varying contents of OFGs, we have found that the OFGs shown great effect on the electrochemical performance of carbon-based catalysts for DCEDR. Correlation tests indicated that the electrochemical DCEDR performance shown positive correlation only with the content of C=O, suggesting that C=O was the main real active component for DCEDR to ethylene. Further theoretical calculation results revealed that the C atom neighbored to C=O at armchair edge shown the lowest energy barrier of 0.11 eV for DCEDR, which was consistent with the result of experiment. Therefore, C atom neighbored to C=O at armchair edge was the real active site for DCEDR to ethylene. This work provides a deep understanding of the real nature of OFGs in electrocatalysis, and offers an efficient approach for rational exploitation of advanced carbon materials.

Research Area(s)

  • 1,2-Dichloroethane, Active sites, Electrocatalytic dechlorination reaction, Oxygen functional groups, Theoretical calculations

Citation Format(s)

Effects of oxygen functional groups on electrochemical performance of carbon materials for dechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane to ethylene. / Gan, Guoqiang; Fan, Shiying; Li, Xinyong et al.

In: Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 434, 134547, 15.04.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review