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Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol.166, No.4, A616-A622, 2019
Synthesis of Fe2O3 Nanoparticle-Decorated N-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide as an Effective Catalyst for Zn-Air Batteries
The advancement of Zn-air batteries requires effective and inexpensive electrocatalysts that facilitate the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and evolution reaction (OER). Herein, we report an effective electrocatalyst of Fe2O3 nanoparticle-decorated N-doped reduced graphene oxide (Fe2O3/N-rGO), in which porous Fe2O3 nanoparticles of similar to 37 nm are anchored on the N-rGO surface uniformly. In an alkaline solution, the synthesized Fe2O3/N-rGO affords superior ORR and OER activity in comparison with Fe2O3 and N-rGO, demonstrating the reinforced synergistic effect. Moreover, it exhibits a comparable limiting current density and a higher current retention ratio in the ORR than commercial Pt/C. A Zn-air battery with Fe2O3/N-rGO delivers a peak power density of 80.1 mW cm(-2), and the energy density reaches 730.2 Wh kg(Zn)(-1). In addition, stable voltage gaps of similar to 0.91 V during discharge and charge are achieved at 5 mA cm(-2), and the energy efficiency is maintained at similar to 60% over 120 cycles, illustrating the remarkable stability for rechargeable Zn-air batteries. (C) 2019 The Electrochemical Society.