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Title: Supramolecular gel-assisted synthesis of double shelled Co@CoO@N-C/C nanoparticles with synergistic electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction

Investigating active, stable, and low-cost materials for the oxygen reduction reaction is one of the key challenges in fuel-cell research. In this work, we describe the formation of N-doped carbon shell coated Co@CoO nanoparticles supported on Vulcan XC-72 carbon materials (Co@CoO@N–C/C) based on a simple supramolecular gel-assisted method. The double-shelled Co@CoO@N–C/C core–shell nanoparticles exhibit superior electrocatalytic activities for the oxygen reduction reaction compared to N-doped carbon and cobalt oxides, demonstrating the synergistic effect of the hybrid nanomaterials. Notably, the Co@CoO@N–C/C nanoparticles give rise to a comparable four-electron selectivity, long-term stability, and high methanol tolerance; all show a multi-fold improvement over the commercial Pt/C catalyst. As a result, the progress is of great importance in exploring advanced non-precious metal-based electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications.
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  1. Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology, Wuhan (China)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Tianjin Univ., Tianjin (People's Republic of China)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2040-3364; NANOHL; KC0403020
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Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 22; Journal ID: ISSN 2040-3364
Royal Society of Chemistry
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Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; oxygen reduction reaction; fuel cell; Center for Functional Nanomaterials
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