In situexsolved Co nanoparticles coupled on LiCoO2nanofibers to induce oxygen electrocatalysis for rechargeable Zn-air batteries

Liangqi Gui, Yuzhou Liu, Jing Zhang, Beibei He, Qing Wang, Ling Zhao

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Abstract

Layered lithium cobalt oxide, LiCoO2(LCO), is a promising catalyst for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR); however, its bifunctional activity is still far from desirable. Here, a novel heterointerface of Co@LCO nanofibers (Co@LCO-NFs) is developedviaan elegantin situexsolution approach to promote bifunctionality. Thisin situexsolution promises improved electrical conductivity, rich oxygen vacancies, and in particular a modulated electronic structure, thereby demonstrating a substantially enhanced bifunctional activity. Density functional theory calculations further reveal that the synergistic coupling of LCO and Co results in strengthened covalency of Co-O and facilitated OER/ORR kinetics. As a result, an assembled Zn-air battery using the Co@LCO-NFs electrode delivers high peak power density with competitive cycling stability, favorably outperforming the benchmark Pt/C-IrO2based batteries. This protocol provides new insights into designing heterostructured bifunctional catalysts for related energy conversion and storage devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19946-19953
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Volume8
Issue number38
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 14 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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