Encapsulating Cobalt Nanoparticles in Interconnected N-Doped Hollow Carbon Nanofibers with Enriched Co-N-C Moiety for Enhanced Oxygen Electrocatalysis in Zn-Air Batteries

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

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Author(s)

  • Qi Lu
  • Han Wu
  • Xuerong Zheng
  • Yanan Chen
  • Xiaopeng Han
  • Yida Deng
  • Wenbin Hu

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2101438
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Science
Volume8
Issue number20
Online published16 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2021

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Abstract

Rational design of bifunctional efficient electrocatalysts for both oxygen reduction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reactions (OER) is desirable—while highly challenging—for development of rechargeable metal–air batteries. Herein, an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst is designed and fabricated by encapsulating Co nanoparticles in interconnected N-doped hollow porous carbon nanofibers (designated as Co@N-C/PCNF) using an ultrafast high-temperature shock technology. Benefiting from the synergistic effect and intrinsic activity of the Co-N-C moiety, as well as porous structure of carbon nanofibers, the Co@N-C/PCNF composite shows high bifunctional electrocatalytic activities for both OER (289 mV at 10 mA cm−2) and ORR (half-wave potential of 0.85 V). The Co-N-C moiety in the composite can modulate the local environmental and electrical structure of the catalysts, thus optimizing the adsorption/desorption kinetics and decreasing the reaction barriers for promoting the reversible oxygen electrocatalysis. Co@N-C/PCNF-based aqueous Zn–air batteries (AZAB) provide high power density of 292 mW cm−2, and the assembled flexible ZAB can power wearable devices.

Research Area(s)

  • carbon nanofibers, Co-N-C moiety, high-temperature shock, oxygen electrocatalysis, zinc-air batteries

Citation Format(s)

Encapsulating Cobalt Nanoparticles in Interconnected N-Doped Hollow Carbon Nanofibers with Enriched Co-N-C Moiety for Enhanced Oxygen Electrocatalysis in Zn-Air Batteries. / Lu, Qi; Wu, Han; Zheng, Xuerong; Chen, Yanan; Rogach, Andrey L.; Han, Xiaopeng; Deng, Yida; Hu, Wenbin.

In: Advanced Science, Vol. 8, No. 20, 2101438, 20.10.2021.

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

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