Tunable Synthesis of Hollow Metal-Nitrogen-Carbon Capsules for Efficient Oxygen Reduction Catalysis in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells.

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dc.contributor.author Yang, Hui en
dc.contributor.author Chen, Xing en
dc.contributor.author Chen, Wan-Ting en
dc.contributor.author Wang, Qing en
dc.contributor.author Cuello, Nelly Cantillo en
dc.contributor.author Nafady, Ayman en
dc.contributor.author Al-Enizi, Abdullah M en
dc.contributor.author Waterhouse, Geoffrey en
dc.contributor.author Goenaga, Gabriel A en
dc.contributor.author Zawodzinski, Thomas A en
dc.contributor.author Kruger, Paul E en
dc.contributor.author Clements, John E en
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Jian en
dc.contributor.author Tian, He en
dc.contributor.author Telfer, Shane G en
dc.contributor.author Ma, Shengqian en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-05T01:40:20Z en
dc.date.issued 2019-07 en
dc.identifier.issn 1936-0851 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48843 en
dc.description.abstract Atomically dispersed metal catalysts anchored on nitrogen-doped (N-doped) carbons demand attention due to their superior catalytic activity relative to that of metal nanoparticle catalysts in energy storage and conversion processes. Herein, we introduce a simple and versatile strategy for the synthesis of hollow N-doped carbon capsules that contain one or more atomically dispersed metals (denoted as H-M-Nx-C and H-Mmix-Nx-C, respectively, where M = Fe, Co, or Ni). This method utilizes the pyrolysis of nanostructured core-shell precursors produced by coating a zeolitic imidazolate framework core with a metal-tannic acid (M-TA) coordination polymer shell (containing up to three different metal cations). Pyrolysis of these core-shell precursors affords hollow N-doped carbon capsules containing monometal sites (e.g., Fe-Nx, CoNx, or Ni-Nx) or multimetal sites (Fe/Co-Nx, Fe/Ni-Nx, Co/Ni-Nx, or Fe/Co/Ni-Nx). This inventory allowed exploration of the relationship between catalyst composition and electrochemical activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in acidic solution. H-Fe-Nx-C, H-Co-Nx-C, H-FeCo-Nx-C, H-FeNi-Nx-C, and H-FeCoNi-Nx-C were particularly efficient ORR catalysts in acidic solution. Furthermore, the H-Fe-Nx-C catalyst exhibited outstanding initial performance when applied as a cathode material in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell. The synthetic methodology introduced here thus provides a convenient route for developing next-generation catalysts based on earth-abundant components. en
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dc.language eng en
dc.relation.ispartofseries ACS nano en
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dc.title Tunable Synthesis of Hollow Metal-Nitrogen-Carbon Capsules for Efficient Oxygen Reduction Catalysis in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1021/acsnano.9b02930 en
pubs.issue 7 en
pubs.begin-page 8087 en
pubs.volume 13 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 8098 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Journal Article en
pubs.elements-id 776323 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Chemistry en
dc.identifier.eissn 1936-086X en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-06-28 en
pubs.dimensions-id 31244037 en

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