An efficient and durable trifunctional electrocatalyst for zinc–air batteries driven overall water splitting

Natarajan Logeshwaran, Shanmugam Ramakrishnan, Selvaraj Selva Chandrasekaran, Mohanraj Vinothkannan, Ae Rhan Kim, Sivaprakash Sengodan, Dhinesh Babu Velusamy, Purushothaman Varadhan, Jr Hau He, Dong Jin Yoo

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Constructing more active and durable trifunctional electrocatalysts is key for boosting overall water splitting and metal–air battery efficiency. Herein, we developed a trifunctional electrocatalyst of ultrafine Pt nanoparticles anchored on CoS2-N-doped reduced graphene oxide (Pt@CoS2-NrGO). Owing to its more Pt active sites with rapid ion/electron transport ability, the Pt@CoS2-NrGO shows excellent trifunctional activities towards HER (ƞ10 = 39 mV), OER (ƞ10 = 235 mV) ORR (E1/2 = 0.85 V vs. RHE) and water splitting device of Pt@CoS2-NrGO||Pt@CoS2-NrGO achieved cell voltage of 1.48 V at 10 mA cm−2, which is better than Pt-C||RuO2. Finally, we employed Pt@CoS2-NrGO as air cathode for zinc–air battery to display a power density of 114 mW cm-2 and durability of 55 h, outperforming than Pt-C + RuO2 based zinc–air batteries. For practical aspects, Pt@CoS2-NrGO based zinc–air batteries were connected to overall water splitting device to produce H2 and O2 gases for hydrogen fuel cell.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120405
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-06-16
Acknowledgements: This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (NRF-2020R1A2B5B01001458). This work was supported by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea (No. 20184030202210).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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