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Carbon Supported Multi-Branch Nitrogen-Containing Polymers as Oxygen Reduction Catalysts

Shandong Key Laboratory of Chemical Energy Storage and Novel Cell Technology, Liaocheng University, Liaocheng 252059, China
Dongchang College, Liaocheng University, Liaocheng 252059, China
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Catalysts 2018, 8(6), 245;
Received: 13 May 2018 / Revised: 1 June 2018 / Accepted: 8 June 2018 / Published: 12 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Fuel Cell Catalyst)
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A composite catalyst was obtained by covalently linking G4-NH2 dendrimers and 1,10-phenanthroline-5-carboxylic acid on the surface of carbon powder, and the composite was named as PMPhen/C. In order to improve the catalytic performance of the composite, copper ions (II) were introduced to PMPhen/C by complex to form the PMPhen-Cu/C catalyst. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were applied to investigate the surface microstructure and elemental compositions of the catalysts. The results from electrochemical analysis show that PMPhen/C reduced oxygen to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) through a two-electron transfer process. PMPhen-Cu/C could reduce oxygen to water through a four-electron pathway. Except the slightly lower initial reduction potential, PMPhen-Cu/C has a comparable oxygen reduction ability (ORR) to that of the commercially available Pt/C catalyst, which makes it a potential candidate as the cathodic catalyst in some fuel cells running in neutral medium, such as a microbial fuel cell. View Full-Text
Keywords: Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) G4-NH2 dendrimers; phenanthroline; covalent link; ORR catalyst Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) G4-NH2 dendrimers; phenanthroline; covalent link; ORR catalyst

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Chu, Y.; Gu, L.; Ju, X.; Du, H.; Zhao, J.; Qu, K. Carbon Supported Multi-Branch Nitrogen-Containing Polymers as Oxygen Reduction Catalysts. Catalysts 2018, 8, 245.

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