Inducing Fe 3d Electron Delocalization and Spin-State Transition of FeN4 Species Boosts Oxygen Reduction Reaction for Wearable Zinc–Air Battery

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Original languageEnglish
Article number47
Journal / PublicationNano-Micro Letters
Volume15
Issue number1
Online published10 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

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Abstract

Transition metal–nitrogen–carbon materials (M–N–Cs), particularly Fe–N–Cs, have been found to be electroactive for accelerating oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) kinetics. Although substantial efforts have been devoted to design Fe–N–Cs with increased active species content, surface area, and electronic conductivity, their performance is still far from satisfactory. Hitherto, there is limited research about regulation on the electronic spin states of Fe centers for Fe–N–Cs electrocatalysts to improve their catalytic performance. Here, we introduce Ti3C2 MXene with sulfur terminals to regulate the electronic configuration of FeN4 species and dramatically enhance catalytic activity toward ORR. The MXene with sulfur terminals induce the spin-state transition of FeN4 species and Fe 3d electron delocalization with d band center upshift, enabling the Fe(II) ions to bind oxygen in the end-on adsorption mode favorable to initiate the reduction of oxygen and boosting oxygen-containing groups adsorption on FeN4 species and ORR kinetics. The resulting FeN4–Ti3C2Sx exhibits comparable catalytic performance to those of commercial Pt-C. The developed wearable ZABs using FeN4–Ti3C2Sx also exhibit fast kinetics and excellent stability. This study confirms that regulation of the electronic structure of active species via coupling with their support can be a major contributor to enhance their catalytic activity. © 2023, The Author(s).

Research Area(s)

  • Fe 3d electron delocalization, Oxygen reduction reaction, Spin-state transition, Wearable zinc–air batteries

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Inducing Fe 3d Electron Delocalization and Spin-State Transition of FeN4 Species Boosts Oxygen Reduction Reaction for Wearable Zinc–Air Battery. / Chen, Shengmei; Liang, Xiongyi; Hu, Sixia et al.
In: Nano-Micro Letters, Vol. 15, No. 1, 47, 12.2023.

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