International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.45, No.32, 16105-16113, 2020
An efficient Co-N/C electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction facilely prepared by tuning cobalt species content
Transition metal and nitrogen co-doped carbon catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) have emerged as promising candidates to replace the expensive platinum catalysts but still remain a great challenge. Herein, a novel and efficient nitrogen-doped carbon material with metal cobalt co-dopant (Co-N/C) has been prepared by pyrolyzing porphyrin-based covalent organic polymer where Co is anchored. The optimized 10%-Co-N/C catalyst through facilely and efficiently tuning the cobalt content is carefully characterized by XRD, Raman, XPS, SEM and TEM for composition and microstructure analysis. This catalyst with only 0.56% Co exhibits an excellent ORR catalytic activity with a positive half-wave potential of 0.816 V (vs. RHE) in 0.1 M KOH solution, which is comparable to that of commercial Pt/C (20 wt%). Notably, the 10%-Co-N/C catalyst displays better electrochemical stability with only a loss of 5.1% of its initial current density in chronoamperometric measurement and also gives rise to stronger methanol tolerance than Pt/C. The good ORR catalytic behaviour for this catalyst may be attributed to the dispersion of the Co-N-x active sites via adjusting the contents of cobalt species in porous organic framework. (C) 2020 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.