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Title: A Triphasic Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalyst with Tunable and Synergetic Interfacial Structure for Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries

Abstract

Atomic-scale design of interfacial structure is an intriguing but challenging approach to developing efficient heterogenous catalysts for bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysis. Herein, an exquisite triphasic interfacial structure featuring the encapsulation of FexNi alloy in a graphitic shell with a partial exposure of the FeOy thin-layered surface is manipulated via an electronic modulation strategy. The spontaneous integration of well-crystallized metal alloy, carbon shell with a tunable active FeOy layer, not only guarantees smooth charge transfer across the thin oxide layer, but also generates the synergistic effect at the interface, thus dramatically boosting the intrinsic activity of oxygen catalysis. Benefiting from these attributes, the hybrid catalyst outperforms the commercial noble-metal benchmarks with a higher half-wave potential of 0.890 V for oxygen reduction reaction and lower overpotential of 308 mV at 10 mA cm(-2) for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline media. Beyond that, a high-performance rechargeable Zn-air battery is realized with a narrow voltage gap of 0.742 V and excellent cyclability over 500 cycles at 10 mA cm(-2), demonstrating the great potential of the as-developed triphasic electrocatalyst for practical applications.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [2];  [2];  [4];  [4];  [4];  [2];  [3];  [5];  [5];  [2]
  1. Wenzhou Univ., Zhejiang (China); Univ. of Waterloo, ON (Canada)
  2. Univ. of Waterloo, ON (Canada)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)
  4. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Lemont, IL (United States)
  5. Wenzhou Univ., Zhejiang (China)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES); National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
OSTI Identifier:
1657508
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1577904
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357; 51872209; 51772219; SC0012704; DE‐SC0012704; DE‐AC02‐06CH11357
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Advanced Energy Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1614-6832
Publisher:
Wiley
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
25 ENERGY STORAGE; Zn-air batteries; atomic regulation; bifunctional catalysts; electronic modulation; interfacial structures

Citation Formats

Zhu, Jianbing, Xiao, Meiling, Li, Gaoran, Li, Shuang, Zhang, Jing, Liu, Guihua, Ma, Lu, Wu, Tianpin, Lu, Jun, Yu, Aiping, Su, Dong, Jin, Huile, Wang, Shun, and Chen, Zhongwei. A Triphasic Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalyst with Tunable and Synergetic Interfacial Structure for Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201903003.
Zhu, Jianbing, Xiao, Meiling, Li, Gaoran, Li, Shuang, Zhang, Jing, Liu, Guihua, Ma, Lu, Wu, Tianpin, Lu, Jun, Yu, Aiping, Su, Dong, Jin, Huile, Wang, Shun, & Chen, Zhongwei. A Triphasic Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalyst with Tunable and Synergetic Interfacial Structure for Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries. United States. https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201903003
Zhu, Jianbing, Xiao, Meiling, Li, Gaoran, Li, Shuang, Zhang, Jing, Liu, Guihua, Ma, Lu, Wu, Tianpin, Lu, Jun, Yu, Aiping, Su, Dong, Jin, Huile, Wang, Shun, and Chen, Zhongwei. Tue . "A Triphasic Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalyst with Tunable and Synergetic Interfacial Structure for Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries". United States. https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201903003. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1657508.
@article{osti_1657508,
title = {A Triphasic Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalyst with Tunable and Synergetic Interfacial Structure for Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries},
author = {Zhu, Jianbing and Xiao, Meiling and Li, Gaoran and Li, Shuang and Zhang, Jing and Liu, Guihua and Ma, Lu and Wu, Tianpin and Lu, Jun and Yu, Aiping and Su, Dong and Jin, Huile and Wang, Shun and Chen, Zhongwei},
abstractNote = {Atomic-scale design of interfacial structure is an intriguing but challenging approach to developing efficient heterogenous catalysts for bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysis. Herein, an exquisite triphasic interfacial structure featuring the encapsulation of FexNi alloy in a graphitic shell with a partial exposure of the FeOy thin-layered surface is manipulated via an electronic modulation strategy. The spontaneous integration of well-crystallized metal alloy, carbon shell with a tunable active FeOy layer, not only guarantees smooth charge transfer across the thin oxide layer, but also generates the synergistic effect at the interface, thus dramatically boosting the intrinsic activity of oxygen catalysis. Benefiting from these attributes, the hybrid catalyst outperforms the commercial noble-metal benchmarks with a higher half-wave potential of 0.890 V for oxygen reduction reaction and lower overpotential of 308 mV at 10 mA cm(-2) for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline media. Beyond that, a high-performance rechargeable Zn-air battery is realized with a narrow voltage gap of 0.742 V and excellent cyclability over 500 cycles at 10 mA cm(-2), demonstrating the great potential of the as-developed triphasic electrocatalyst for practical applications.},
doi = {10.1002/aenm.201903003},
journal = {Advanced Energy Materials},
number = 4,
volume = 10,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {12}
}

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