Designed Iron Single Atom Catalysts for Highly Efficient Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Alkaline and Acid Media

Shiyong Zhao, Lianji Zhang, Bernt Johannessen, Martin Saunders, Chang Liu, Shi Ze Yang, San Ping Jiang

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Abstract

Single atom catalysts (SACs) have attracted much attentions due to their advantages of high catalysis efficiency and excellent selectivity. However, for industrial applications, synthesis of SACs in large and practical quantities is very important. The challenge is to develop synthesis methods with controllability and scalability. Herein, a well-characterized and scalable method is demonstrated to synthesize atomically dispersed iron atoms coordinated with nitrogen on graphene, SAFe @ NG, with high atomic loading (≈4.6 wt%) through a one-pot pyrolysis process. The method is scalable for the fabrication of Fe SACs with high quantities. The Fe–N–G catalyst exhibits high intrinsic oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) performance, reaching half potential of 0.876 and 0.702 V in alkaline and acidic solutions, respectively, with excellent microstructure stability. Furthermore, the density functional theory (DFT) simulation confirms that the Fe atoms in coordination with four nitrogen atoms, FeN4, in graphene is the active center for the 4-electron ORR process. This work demonstrates an efficient design pathway for single atom catalysts as highly active and stable electrocatalysts for high-performance ORR applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2001788
JournalAdvanced Materials Interfaces
Volume8
Issue number8
Early online date3 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2021

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