Carbon-Supported CoSe2 Nanoparticles for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Acid Medium

Carbon-Supported CoSe2 Nanoparticles for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Acid Medium

Journal Article

Abstract

​​Carbon-supported CoSe2 nanoparticles, as non-precious metal cathodic catalyst, were prepared via the in situ surfactant-free method with the conventional heating. Structural and electrochemical properties of the obtained 20 wt.-% CoSe2/C nanoparticles were investigated by means of powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), differential thermal gravimetric analysis (DTA-DTG) and rotating disc electrode (RDE) techniques. CoSe2nanoparticles have two kinds of crystal structure after heat treatment under nitrogen at different temperature: orthorhombic at 250 and 300 °C; cubic at 400 and 430 °C. The latter structure has higher oxygen reduction activity than the former in 0.5 M H2SO4. CoSe2/C nanoparticles after heat treatment from 250 to 430 °C, have an onset potential from 0.78 to 0.81 V versus the reference hydrogen electrode (RHE) in O2-saturated 0.5 M H2SO4 at 25 °C. 20 wt.-% CoSe2/C nanoparticles, after heat treatment at 300 °C, promote ca. 3.5 electrons, per oxygen molecule, transferred during the oxygen reduction process. They have an oxidation wave centred at 0.96 V versus RHE and display higher methanol tolerance as compared to 20 wt.-% Pt/C (E-TEK).

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PUBLISHED IN
Fuel Cells 10, 77-83
PUBLICATION DATE
01 ene 2010
AUTHORS
Y. Feng, T. He, N. Alonso-Vante