In-plane graphene/boron-nitride heterostructure as efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction
Sun, Qiao, Sun, Caixia, Du, Aijun, Li, Zhen, & Dou, Shi Xue (2014) In-plane graphene/boron-nitride heterostructure as efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction. [Working Paper] (Unpublished)
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Exploiting metal-free catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and understanding their catalytic mechanisms are vital for the development of fuel cells (FCs). Our study has demonstrated that in-plane heterostructures of graphene and boron nitride (G/BN) can serve as an efficient metal-free catalyst for the ORR, in which the C-N interfaces of G/BN heterostructures act as reactive sites. The formation of water at the heterointerface is both energetically and kinetically favorable via a fourelectron pathway. Moreover, the water formed can be easily released from the heterointerface, and the catalytically active sites can be regenerated for the next reaction. Since G/BN heterostructures with controlled domain sizes have been successfully synthesized in recent reports (e.g. Nat. Nanotechnol., 2013, 8, 119), our results highlight the great potential of such heterostructures as a promising metal-free catalyst for ORR in FCs.
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|Item Type:||Working Paper|
|Keywords:||Fuel Cell, Oxygen Reduction|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2014 [please consult the authors]|
|Deposited On:||23 Dec 2014 23:42|
|Last Modified:||28 Dec 2014 05:29|
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