Metal-Tuned Acetylene Linkages in Hydrogen Substituted Graphdiyne Boosting the Electrochemical Oxygen Reduction

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1907341
Journal / PublicationSmall
Issue number10
Online published12 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2020


Different from graphene with the highly stable sp2-hybridized carbon atoms, which shows poor controllability for constructing strong interactions between graphene and guest metal, graphdiyne has a great potential to be engineered because its high-reactive acetylene linkages can effectively chelate metal atoms. Herein, a hydrogen-substituted graphdiyne (HsGDY) supported metal catalyst system through in situ growth of Cu3Pd nanoalloys on HsGDY surface is developed. Benefiting from the strong metal-chelating ability of acetylenic linkages, Cu3Pd nanoalloys are intimately anchored on HsGDY surface that accordingly creates a strong interaction. The optimal HsGDY-supported Cu3Pd catalyst (HsGDY/Cu3Pd-750) exhibits outstanding electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with an admirable half-wave potential (0.870 V), an impressive kinetic current density at 0.75 V (57.7 mA cm−2) and long-term stability, far outperforming those of the state-of-the-art Pt/C catalyst (0.859 V and 15.8 mA cm−2). This excellent performance is further highlighted by the Zn–air battery using HsGDY/Cu3Pd-750 as cathode. Density function theory calculations show that such electrocatalytic performance is attributed to the strong interaction between Cu3Pd and CC bonds of HsGDY, which causes the asymmetric electron distribution on two carbon atoms of CC bond and the strong charge transfer to weaken the shoulder-to-shoulder π conjugation, eventually facilitating the ORR process.

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  • acetylenic linkage weakening, Cu3Pd nanoalloys, hydrogen-substituted graphdiyne, strong interaction, synergistic catalytic effects

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