Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1039/d0ta05130f
Title: Chemical Design and Synthesis of Superior Single-Atom Electrocatalysts via In-Situ Polymerization
Authors: Xu, Haomin
Xi, Shibo
Li, Jing
Liu, Shikai
Lyv, Pin
Yu, Wei
SUN TAO 
Qi, Dong-Chen
HE QIAN 
Xiao, Hai
Lin, Ming
Wu Jishan 
Zhang Jia
LU JIONG 
Issue Date: 27-Jul-2020
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Citation: Xu, Haomin, Xi, Shibo, Li, Jing, Liu, Shikai, Lyv, Pin, Yu, Wei, SUN TAO, Qi, Dong-Chen, HE QIAN, Xiao, Hai, Lin, Ming, Wu Jishan, Zhang Jia, LU JIONG (2020-07-27). Chemical Design and Synthesis of Superior Single-Atom Electrocatalysts via In-Situ Polymerization. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0ta05130f
Abstract: Molecule-like electrocatalysts with FeN4 motifs have been demonstrated to be excellent candidates for various renewable energy conversions. The ability to further tune the electronic properties of molecular FeN4 motifs and integrate them onto conductive supports represents a key step towards the synthesis of highly robust and efficient single-atom catalysts (SACs) for practical applications. Here, we developed a new route for the synthesis of well-defined single-atom FeN4 electrocatalyst via in-situ polymerization of four amino groups functionalized iron phthalocyanine (NH2-FePc) molecules on conductive carbon nanotubes. The intermolecular oxidative dimerization between amino groups of NH2-FePc creates the desired electron-withdrawing pyrazine linker between FeN4 motifs, which can significantly optimize their electrocatalytic performances. As a result, FeN4-SAC exhibits both outstanding ORR activity (a half-wave potential of 0.88 V vs. RHE) and excellent performance in Zn-oxygen battery, outperforming the commercial Pt/C and pristine iron phthalocyanine (FePc) catalysts. Our theoretical calculations reveal that the presence of electron-withdrawing linkers shifts the occupied antibonding states towards lower energies and thus weakens the Fe-O bond, which is primarily responsible for the enhancement of ORR activity.
Source Title: Journal of Materials Chemistry A
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/171852
ISSN: 2050-7488
2050-7496
DOI: 10.1039/d0ta05130f
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