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A Bi-functional Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Andoxygen Evolution Reactions from Used Baby Diapers:a-Fe2O3 Wrapped in P and S Dual Doped Graphitic Carbon

Authors Zhao, Hong HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Wang, Jian HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Chen, Chi HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Chen, Dengjie HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Gao, Yang HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Saccoccio, Mattia HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Ciucci, Francesco View this author's profile
Issue Date 2016
Source RSC Advances , v. 6, (69), 2016, p. 64258-64265
Summary The development of energy conversion and storage devices and the disposal of solid waste represent two major challenges for environmental sustainability. The development of many key sustainable energy technologies relies on fast oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) kinetics. However, both reactions are sluggish. In the present work, we address these two issues synergistically by fabricating Fe2O3 wrapped in P and S dual-doped graphitized carbon (Fe2O3/P–S-CG) from soiled baby diapers, whose disposal and recycling are beneficial to the environment. Electrochemical tests revealed that Fe2O3/P–S-GC has a significant catalytic activity towards both the ORR and OER in 0.1 M KOH. In particular, the difference between the ORR potential at 3 mA cm−2 and the OER potential at 10 mA cm−2 is as small as ∼0.86 V. This value is comparable to that of commercial precious metal-based catalysts. In addition, Fe2O3/P–S-GC exhibits a favorable catalytic durability, making it a promising bi-functional non-precious catalyst for the ORR and OER.
ISSN 2046-2069
Language English
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