(AGENPARL) – LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM), lun 19 ottobre 2020
Selectively creating active sites those can work well in different medium as much as possible remains an open challenge for the widespread application of sustainable metal air batteries and fuel cells. Here, short-range amorphous nitrogen doped carbon nanosheets (NCS) coupled with partially graphitized porous carbon architecture were reported, which were prepared via a flexible salt-assisted calcination strategy and followed by simple cleaning process. The short-range amorphous structure not only significantly promotes the exposure of electrochemically active sites of carbon defects with less protonation in acidic medium, but also maintains the structural stability and electron conduction of the NCS. This unique structure endows the NCS (0.832 V) with efficient ORR electrocatalytic performance with a high half-wave potential (E1/2) comparable to that of commercial Pt/C (0.837 V) in alkaline electrolyte and an impressively E1/2 of 0.64 V in harsh acidic medium, making it outstanding among the reported analogous metal-free carbon electrocatalysts. In addition, the NCS manifests robust stability for ORR electrocatalysis with little change in the catalytic activity after accelerated stability tests. This work will provide a feasible inspiration to the construction of carbon nanomaterials with high active site density for efficient energy conversion related electrochemcial reaction.
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