Electrocatalytic Applications of Graphene–Metal Oxide Nanohybrid Materials

Arnab Halder, Minwei Zhang, Qijin Chi

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Abstract

Development of state-of-the-art electrocatalysts using commercially available precursors with low cost is an essential step in the advancement of next-generation electrochemical energy storage/conversion systems. In this regard, noble metal-free and graphene-sup‐ ported nanocomposites are of particular interest. Graphene-based nanocomposite is an excellent candidate as energy-device and sensor-related electrode materials, largely due to their high electrical conductivity, large specific surface area, high-speed electron/heat mobility, and reasonably good mechanical strength. Among many types of graphenebased composite materials, graphene–metal oxide nanohybrids hold great promise to‐ ward engineering efficient electrocatalysts and have attracted increasing interest in both scientific communities and industrial partners around the world. The goal of this chapter is primarily set on an overview of cutting-edge developments in graphene–metal oxide nanohybrid materials, with the recently reported results from worldwide research groups. This chapter is presented first with an introduction, followed by synthetic meth‐ ods and structural characterization of nanocomposites, an emphasis on their applications in energy and sensor-related fields, and finally completed with brief conclusions and out‐ look.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Catalytic Materials : Photocatalysis and Other Current Trends
Number of pages36
PublisherInTechOpen
Publication date2016
Pages379-414
Chapter14
ISBN (Print)978-953-51-2244-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Halder, A., Zhang, M., & Chi, Q. (2016). Electrocatalytic Applications of Graphene–Metal Oxide Nanohybrid Materials. In Advanced Catalytic Materials: Photocatalysis and Other Current Trends (pp. 379-414). InTechOpen. https://doi.org/10.5772/61808