Exposing Single Ni Atoms in Hollow S/N-Doped Carbon Macroporous Fibers for Highly Efficient Electrochemical Oxygen Evolution

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  • Yafei Zhao
  • Yan Guo
  • Xue Feng Lu
  • Xiaojun Gu


Original languageEnglish
Article number2203442
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Materials
Issue number35
Online published29 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022
Externally publishedYes


The development of efficient and cost-effective electrocatalysts toward the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is highly desirable for clean energy and fuel conversion. Herein, the facile preparation of Ni single atoms embedded hollow S/N-doped carbon macroporous fibers (Ni SAs@S/N-CMF) as efficient catalysts for OER through pyrolysis of designed CdS-NiSx/polyacrylonitrile composite fibers is reported. Specifically, CdS provides the sulfur source for the doping of polyacrylonitrile-derived carbon matrix and simultaneously creates the hollow macroporous structure, while NiSx is first reduced to nanoparticles and finally evolves into single Ni atoms through the atom migration-trapping strategy. Benefiting from the abundantly exposed single Ni atoms and hollow macroporous structure, the resultant Ni SAs@S/N-CMF electrocatalysts deliver outstanding activity and stability for OER. Specifically, it needs an overpotential of 285 mV to achieve the benchmark current density of 10 mA cm−2 with a small Tafel slope of 50.8 mV dec−1. © 2022 Wiley-VCH GmbH.

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  • macroporous materials, oxygen evolution reaction, S/N-doped carbon fibers, single Ni atoms

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