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Investigation of ORR Performances on Graphene/Phthalocyanine Nanocomposite in Neutral Medium

  • Moumita Mukherjee (a1), Madhupriya Samanta (a2) (a3), Gour P. Das (a1) and Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay (a3)

Abstract

The drive to replace scarce and expensive Pt-based electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) has led to the development of a group of electrocatalysts composed of transition-metal ion centers coordinated with four nitrogen groups (M-N4). Among these, metal phthalocyanines (MPcs), due to low cost of preparation, highly conjugated structure as well as high thermal and chemical stability, have received a great interest. The catalytic activity of MPcs can be improved by employing conducting supports. Here, in this report, we have solvothermally synthesized graphene-supported zinc phthalocyanine nanostructures, and their ORR kinetics and mechanism have been investigated in neutral solution (pH = 7) by using the rotating disk electrode technique. The as-synthesized nanocomposite followed a 4e reduction pathway. The onset potential (−0.04 V versus Ag/AgCl) found in this work can be comparable with other state-of-the-art material, demonstrating good performance in neutral solution. The fascinating performance leads the nanocomposite material toward future energy applications.

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*Authors for correspondence: Gour P. Das, E-mail: gourpdas@gmail.com; Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay, E-mail: kalyank.chattopadhyay@jadavpuruniversity.in

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Present address: Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302, West Bengal, India.

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Investigation of ORR Performances on Graphene/Phthalocyanine Nanocomposite in Neutral Medium

  • Moumita Mukherjee (a1), Madhupriya Samanta (a2) (a3), Gour P. Das (a1) and Kalyan K. Chattopadhyay (a3)

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