Metal-Organic Framework-Derived Graphene Mesh: a Robust Scaffold for Highly Exposed Fe-N4 Active Sites toward an Excellent Oxygen Reduction Catalyst in Acid Media

Jingjing Li, Wei Xia, Jing Tang, Yong Gao, Cheng Jiang, Yining Jia, Tao Chen, Zhufeng Hou, Ruijuan Qi, Dong Jiang, Toru Asahi, Xingtao Xu, Tao Wang, Jianping He, Yusuke Yamauchi

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Abstract

This study demonstrates a special ultrathin N-doped graphene nanomesh (NGM) as a robust scaffold for highly exposed Fe-N4 active sites. Significantly, the pore sizes of the NGM can be elaborately regulated by adjusting the thermal exfoliation conditions to simultaneously disperse and anchor Fe-N4 moieties, ultimately leading to highly loaded Fe single-atom catalysts (SA-Fe-NGM) and a highly exposed morphology. The SA-Fe-NGM is found to deliver a superior oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity in acidic media (half-wave potential = 0.83 V vs RHE) and a high power density of 634 mW cm-2 in the H2/O2 fuel cell test. First-principles calculations further elucidate the possible catalytic mechanism for ORR based on the identified Fe-N4 active sites and the pore size distribution analysis. This work provides a novel strategy for constructing highly exposed transition metals and nitrogen co-doped carbon materials (M-N-C) catalysts for extended electrocatalytic and energy storage applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9280-9291
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume144
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jun 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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