Dependence of Precursor Graphite Flake Size on Nitrogen Doping in Graphene Oxide and Its Effect on OER Catalytic Activity

ACS Omega. 2022 Aug 10;7(33):29287-29296. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.2c03496. eCollection 2022 Aug 23.


We report the synthesis of nitrogen-doped graphene oxide, with 5.7-7.0 wt % nitrogen doping, from different sizes of precursor graphite and study its effect on the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity of IrO2 in an acidic medium. The nitrogen-doped supports are expected to have pyridinic, pyrrolic, and graphitic functionalities at different ratios responsible for their improved performance. The N-doped supports and catalysts are synthesized via pyrolysis and the hydrothermal method using natural and synthetic graphite of three different flake sizes and evaluated for their structural and electrochemical characteristics. The average size of IrO2 nanoparticles deposited on the N-doped supports is independent of the flake size and doping amount of nitrogen. The catalysts show optimum current densities but improved stability with increasing flake sizes of 7, 20, and 125 μm. Our results demonstrate that the selection of the flake size of the doped support is necessary to achieve durable catalysts for the OER in an acidic medium.

PMID:36033719 | PMC:PMC9404191 | DOI:10.1021/acsomega.2c03496


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