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Water-soluble triphenylphosphine-derived microgel as the template towards in-situ nitrogen, phosphorus co-doped mesoporous graphene framework for supercapacitor and electrocatalytic oxygen reduction

Water-soluble triphenylphosphine-derived microgel as the template towards in-situ nitrogen, phosphorus co-doped mesoporous graphene framework for supercapacitor and electrocatalytic oxygen reduction
In this work, we endowed the hydrophobic triphenylphosphine (TPP) with vinyl group as a new copolymerization monomer to synthesize water-soluble microgels, in which the hydrophilic and positively charged TPP-derived chain segments are mainly located at the surface. These synthesized microgel is simultaneously used as a soft template and phosphorus dopant to fabricate nitrogen, phosphorus co-doped mesoporous graphene framework (NP-PG) via a facile hydrothermal process containing graphene oxide and ammonia. Self-assembly of graphene oxide sheets and microgels induced by their electrostatic interaction enable a tight contact between them, which would confine the phosphorus doping mostly in the pore walls. The obtained NP-PG, as a metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction, shows a comparable electrocatalytic activity to commercial Pt/C catalyst with a peak potential of −0.18V (vs. Ag/AgCl) and long-term durability. Additionally, it can also be used as a supercapacitor electrode to achieve a high specific capacitance of 245Fg−1 at 0.5Ag−1 and 95% of capacitance retention even after 3000cycles at 5Ag−1.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S1385894717312123

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