Porous carbon supported Fe-N-C for applications as cathodic electrocatalysts in fuel cells

Shou-Heng Liu, Jyun Ren Wu

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Abstract

The carbons incorporating FeN x electrocatalysts (FeTEPA/C-x) were fabricated via a facile chemical process. The nitrogen-rich species (tetraethylenepentamine) were complexed with iron precursors (FeCl 3 ) on carbon blacks (Vulcan XC-72) and treated under high temperature in a nitrogen atmosphere. These resultant catalysts were characterized by a variety of different spectroscopic and analytical techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements. Experimentally, the electrocatalytic performance of oxygen reduction for FeTEPA/C-2.7, which was found to have an approximate four electron transfer, was observed to be surpassing among all FeTEPA/C-x electrocatalysts. This may be attributed to its unique properties, including the higher nitrogen content, more pyridinic-N sites and probable formation of Fe-N-C active centers which were evidenced by XAS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-154
Number of pages5
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Volume170
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials

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