Synergistic Effect between the Atomically Dispersed Active Site of Fe-N-C and C-S-C for ORR in Acidic Medium
In this occasion, we investigated a sulfur-doped Fe-N-C (Fe/SNC) catalyst with a thiophene-like structure (C-S-C) that reduces the electron localization around the Fe center and improves the interaction with oxygenated species. The observed synergistic effect makes the Fe/SNC catalyst exhibits better ORR activity than sulfur free catalyst (Fe/NC) in 0.5 M H2SO4. The results were published in the journal of Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
Hangjia Shen, Eduardo Gracia- Espino, Jingyuan Ma, Ketao Zang, Jun Luo, Le Wang, Sanshuang Gao, Xamxikamar Mamat, Guangzhi Hu, Thomas Wagberg, and Shaojun Guo.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2017), DOI: 10.1002/anie.201706602
Various advanced catalysts of sulfur doped Fe-N-C materials have been recently designed for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), however, the enhanced activity is still controversial and usually attributed to differences in surface area, improved conductivity, or to uncertain synergistic effects. Here, a sulfur-doped Fe-N-C catalyst (denoted as Fe/SNC) derived via a template sacrificing method is presented. The incorporated S gives a thiophene-like structure (C-S-C), reduces the electron localization around the Fe center, improves the interaction with oxygenated species, and therefore facilitates the complete 4e- ORR in acid solution. This synergistic effect makes the Fe/SNC catalyst exhibits much better ORR activity than sulfur free catalyst (Fe/NC) in 0.5 M H2SO4.
Protic salt-based nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon for simultaneous electrochemical detection of Cd(II) and Pb(II)
Nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon is used for sensing Cd(II) and Pb(II), with a detection limit 10 and 25 times lower than the maximum acceptable content for drinking water recommended by the WHO. The work is a collaboration with Prof. Hu and Prof. Yuan (China). The study was published in the journal of RSC Advances.
Danfeng Qin, Ruiyu Xu, Hangjia Shena, Xamxikamar Mamat, Le Wanga, Shanshuang Gao, Ying Wanga, Nuerbiya Yalikuna, Thomas Wagberg, Shiguo Zhang, Qunhui yuan, Yongtao Li, Guangzhi Hu.
RSC Advances, 7, 36929-36934 (2017)
Nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon (NMC) derived from a single small-molecule protic salt (p-phenylenediamine bisulfate) is used for sensing toxic heavy metal ions. Using Nafion, bismuth and NMC to anchor the glassy carbon electrode surface, the fabricate electrode shows high sensitivity for detecting Cd(II) and Pb(II). The limits of detection (S/N = 3) are estimated to be 0.3 μg L−1 for Cd(II) and 0.4 μg L−1 for Pb(II), respectively, which are 10 and 25 times lower than the maximum acceptable content for drinking water recommended by the WHO. Furthermore, the sensor is successfully used to analyze Cd(II) and Pb(II) in tap-water with high anti-interference capability and good recovery.
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