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Issue 7, 2019
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Bio-inspired chitosan-heme-vitamin B12-derived Fe–Co bimetallic-doped mesoporous carbons for efficiently electro-activating oxygen

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Abstract

A bio-inspired bimetallic Fe- and Co-doped nitrogen–carbon material (Fe–Co–N–C) was synthesized using chitosan and porphyrin-like heme and vitamin B12 precursors. Anionic heme with Fe–N4 moieties and vitamin B12 with Co–N4 moieties were grafted onto the surface of acidic chitosan polymers through interactions with cationic –NH3+, and these polymers were coated onto nano-sized silica spheres to form the composite precursors. The optimised thermolysis of these composites yielded mesoporous carbons with abundant surface Fe–Nx and Co–Nx sites. The as-prepared Fe–Co–N–Cs catalyzed the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in both alkaline and acidic conditions. It not only provided a low-cost bio-inspired synthesis for bimetal-doped carbons using biologics with the definitive molecular structure but also the as-prepared mesoporous Fe–Co–N–Cs represented as the possible NPMC candidates for replacing Pt-based electrocatalysts in fuel cells.

Graphical abstract: Bio-inspired chitosan-heme-vitamin B12-derived Fe–Co bimetallic-doped mesoporous carbons for efficiently electro-activating oxygen

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The article was received on 29 Oct 2018, accepted on 24 Dec 2018 and first published on 27 Dec 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT04279A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2019,48, 2338-2344

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    Bio-inspired chitosan-heme-vitamin B12-derived Fe–Co bimetallic-doped mesoporous carbons for efficiently electro-activating oxygen

    Z. Ma, L. Xu, L. Liu, L. Wang, X. Zhang and A. Kong, Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 2338
    DOI: 10.1039/C8DT04279A

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