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[email protected] Core–Shell Nanostructure Encapsulated by N-Doped Graphene as a High-Performance Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

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Advanced Materials Institute of BIN Convergence Technology (BK21 Plus Global), Department of BIN Convergence Technology, and Carbon Composite Research Centre, Department of Polymer & Nanoscience and Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 54896, Republic of Korea
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Cite this: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 10, 5, 4672–4681
Publication Date (Web):January 16, 2018
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b16294
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Development of a robust, cost-effective, and efficient catalyst is extremely necessary for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cell applications. Herein, we reported a well-defined nanostructured catalyst of highly dispersed [email protected] core–shell nanoparticle (NP)-encapsulated nitrogen-doped graphene nanosheets ([email protected]/N-GNS) exhibiting a superior catalytic activity toward ORR in alkaline medium. The synergistic effects produced from the unique properties of [email protected] core–shell NPs and N-GNS made such a novel nanohybrid display a catalytic behavior comparable to that of the commercial Pt/C product. In particular, it demonstrated a much better stability and methanol tolerance than Pt/C under the same conditions. Because of its outstanding electrochemical performance and ease of synthesis, [email protected]/N-GNS material was expected to be a promising low-cost catalyst for ORR in alkaline fuel cell applications.

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