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Co nanoparticles combined with nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon anchored on carbon fibers as a self-standing air electrode for flexible zinc–air batteries

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Abstract

Although zinc–air batteries (ZABs) have been extensively studied due to their advantages, there is still room for improving flexible ZABs especially by identifying suitable self-standing flexible electrode materials. Here, flexible porous nanofibers embedded with Co nanoparticles and nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon (Co@NPCFs) have been synthesized to work as self-standing and binder-free electrodes in flexible ZABs. These unique nanofibers with nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon are beneficial for electron transport, oxygen capture and desorption of the OH ions. The Co@NPCFs could provide rich active sites and exhibit good catalytic activity for both the oxygen evolution reaction and the oxygen reduction reaction. The fabricated composites with a flexible self-standing network structure can be applied directly to flexible ZABs and contact well with gel electrolyte when bending the batteries. As a result, this strategy provides a good example of flexible self-standing electrodes for ZABs and can also be extended to other flexible electric energy storage devices.

Graphical abstract: Co nanoparticles combined with nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon anchored on carbon fibers as a self-standing air electrode for flexible zinc–air batteries

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Submitted
19 Jan 2020
Accepted
26 Feb 2020
First published
24 Mar 2020

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, Advance Article
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Co nanoparticles combined with nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon anchored on carbon fibers as a self-standing air electrode for flexible zinc–air batteries

Y. Chen, W. Zhang, Z. Zhu, L. Zhang, J. Yang, H. Chen, B. Zheng, S. Li, W. Zhang, J. Wu and F. Huo, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0TA00793E

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