Abstract: Herein we study the effect of strain on the catalytic activity of different Pt-doped single wall metallic carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). We consider the possibility of the Pt-doped at single vacancy inside the SWCNT to investigate the effect of confinement on the reaction mechanism. Density functional theory calculations indicate that for the SWCNTs with tube diameters below 7 Å, the strain energy varies significantly influencing the adsorption energies of the key intermediates of the ORR reaction. For the SWCNTs with tube diameters above 7 Å, on the other hand, both the calculated strain and the adsorption energies are almost constant. We furthermore find that the adsorption energies are strongly affected by confinement effects as shown for Pt-doped systems that are located inside the SWCNT. We show that the Pt-doped at single vacancy of the SWCNT strongly binds the oxygenated species under ORR potentials and therefore the active species is covered by oxo- or hydroxo group. Because the presence of Pt atoms doped at the single and double vacancies of the SWCNT is equivalently probable we also studied the Pt-doped at double vacancy. We find that the most active motif is the Pt-doped at double vacancy of SWCNT with 0.24V overpotenital.
- Oxygen reduction reaction
- Pt-doped at single and dobule vacancy
- Single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT)