Multi Heteroatom-Doped Hollow Carbon Tubes as Robust Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction, Oxygen and Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

Zhangjian Li, Yuechao Yao, Yuan Niu, Wenjing (Angela) Zhang, Bingbing Chen, Xierong Zeng, Jizhao Zou*

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Abstract

Developing non-noble metal-based electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is highly desirable, while still facing challenges. Herein, a self-sacrifice template engineering strategy that feasible carbonization of the copolymer of melamine-trithiocyanurim wrapped by polydopamine was developed to fabricate N, S hollow co-doped carbon tube (NSCHCT) based trifunctional electrocatalyst. Owing to the hierarchical structure, including hollow and porous structure, the obtained catalyst exhibits rich active sites and favourable mass transfer advantage, boosting the kinetic of the catalytic process. Moreover, multiple heteroatoms-doping provides various active sites. Notably, the thiophene sulfur combining with pyridinic N(p-N/S) and thiophene sulfur combined with graphitic N (g-N/S) shows the lowest activation energy barrier for OER/ORR and HER, respectively. As a result, the NSCHCT assembled Zinc-air battery shows excellent performance with a power density of 109 mW cm-2 and a high open-circuit voltage of 1.44V, comparable with the Pt/C+RuO2 system.
Original languageEnglish
Article number129321
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
ISSN1385-8947
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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