Cobalt and nitrogen codoped carbon nanotubes derived from a graphitic C3N4 template as an electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction†
Sluggish oxygen reduction reaction kinetics have been a main obstacle for commercial application of fuel cells. To replace Pt-based noble metal electrocatalysts, it is crucial to develop economical materials as electrocatalysts. Herein, we provide a strategy to prepare Co and N codoped carbon nanotubes for efficient oxygen reduction reaction. The composites are synthesized by hydrothermal reaction followed by calcination at 900 °C. Graphitic carbon nitride is used as a template and nitrogen source, and citric acid and cobalt nitrate hexahydrate are used as carbon and cobalt sources, respectively. Due to the synergistic effect of Co and N codoping and increased specific surface area, the resulting Co and N codoped carbon nanotubes exhibit excellent catalytic performance. The present results provide experimental support for further development of electrocatalysts.
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