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Free standing growth of MnCo2O4 nanoflakes as an electrocatalyst for methanol electro-oxidation

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Binary metal oxides are emerging as a new class of electro-catalyst for the direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC). In this report, porous MnCo2O4 nanoflakes were directly grown on a nickel foam (NF) substrate using a simple and template-free electrodeposition method followed by annealing treatment. The MnCo2O4/NF electrode showed an initial current density of 96 A g−1 (at a scan rate of 10 mV s−1) with a retention of 90% after 1000 cyclic voltammetry cycles. The binder and carbon-free MnCo2O4/NF electrode showed high electrocatalytic activity, lower overpotential and long-term stability in methanol electro-oxidation compared to a Co3O4/NF electrode. The superior electrochemical performance is mainly attributed to the unique porous structure directly grown on the NF substrate, offering faster ion/electron transfer. According to our investigation, it can be concluded that the present simple and low cost electrodeposition technique can be used for the synthesis of other metal oxides for different energy storage and conversion applications.

Graphical abstract: Free standing growth of MnCo2O4 nanoflakes as an electrocatalyst for methanol electro-oxidation

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The article was received on 24 Aug 2017, accepted on 02 Nov 2017 and first published on 03 Nov 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ03180G
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017, Advance Article
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    Free standing growth of MnCo2O4 nanoflakes as an electrocatalyst for methanol electro-oxidation

    H. S. Jadhav, A. Roy, W. Chung and J. G. Seo, New J. Chem., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ03180G

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