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Facet-controlled morphology of cobalt disulfide towards enhanced oxygen reduction reaction

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Abstract

Catalytic activity has a significant contribution from exposed facets which are prominently correlated with morphology. It has been witnessed that even a small refinement in morphology alters the catalytic activity over several folds which is a key towards catalyst design. The present study thereby explores the design of octahedral CoS2 crystals with the aim of exposing highly active facets for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) which were carefully synthesized to incorporate carbon inherently. One-pot hydrothermal synthesis was employed using trisodium citrate and sodium thiosulfate. The resultant crystals of octahedral CoS2 with exposed {111} and {220} planes were revealed by HR-TEM and XRD studies. Detailed structure–activity insight regarding ORR was obtained using rotating ring disk electrode and electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) analysis and facet controlled octahedral CoS2 was shown to have the 50 fold increase in activity relative to other variants in an acidic medium and is comparable to a state-of-the-art Pt/C (20%) catalyst. The local catalytic activity of the CoS2 catalyst was visualized by the redox-competition mode of scanning electrochemical microscopy (RC-SECM).

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The article was received on 12 Jul 2018, accepted on 03 Sep 2018 and first published on 05 Sep 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA06710D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 22545-22554
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    Facet-controlled morphology of cobalt disulfide towards enhanced oxygen reduction reaction

    V. Singh, A. Tiwari and T. C. Nagaiah, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 22545
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TA06710D

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