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Monodispersed Co in Mesoporous Polyhedrons: Fine-tuning of ZIF-8 Structure with Enhanced Oxygen Reduction Activity

Monodispersed Co in Mesoporous Polyhedrons: Fine-tuning of ZIF-8 Structure with Enhanced Oxygen Reduction Activity
Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) have been considered as promising candidates for excellent electrocatalysts. Herein, we report a controllable synthesis of Co-N-C electrocatalysts derived from Zn/Co bimetallic organic frameworks (Zn/Co-MOFs). The elimination of Zn is simultaneously taken place during the pyrolysis due to its low boiling point, resulting in a very mesoporous assembly with homogeneous Co distribution in N-C framework. Zn also facilitates the dispersion of Co in the Zn/Co-MOF, which efficiently hinders the agglomeration of Co during carbonization. The results show that Co-N-C catalysts synthesized from 22.5% Co containing in the Zn/Co-MOF precursor gives the best ORR activity in alkaline solution with its half wave potential of 0.91V vs. RHE and current density of 3.0mA/cm2, which is even better than those of commercial Pt/C catalysts. The high activity and current density are mainly attributed to the extremely well dispersed Co nanoparticles and the mesoporous nature.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0013468617317322

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