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Ultrahigh pressure synthesis of highly efficient FeNx/C electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction

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Ultrahigh pressure (UHP) was employed for the first time as a green method for the synthesis of highly efficient Fe, N co-doped carbon-based (FeNx/C) electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Compared with traditional pyrolysis under atmospheric conditions, the synthesis of FeNx/C catalysts under UHP could be done efficiently with much less consumption of time, energy and chemicals. The observed highly efficient synthesis and high ORR activity of such catalysts could be due to the fast heating system (12 °C per second) under UHP, which leads to highly efficient doping of heteroatoms on carbon with much less consumption of chemicals and energy; the UHP-induced high graphitization degree of the carbon support and the selective formation of highly active sites of pyridinic N and Fe–Nx for the ORR also contribute in part to the high ORR catalytic activity of the catalyst. The work presented here paves a new way for the green, environmentally friendly synthesis of heteroatom-doped highly efficient catalysts for energy or chemical processes.

Graphical abstract: Ultrahigh pressure synthesis of highly efficient FeNx/C electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction

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The article was received on 19 Jun 2017, accepted on 26 Jul 2017 and first published on 26 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05334G
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 17470-17475
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    Ultrahigh pressure synthesis of highly efficient FeNx/C electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction

    X. Guo, X. Jia, P. Song, J. Liu, E. Li, M. Ruan and W. Xu, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 17470
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05334G

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