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ISSN : 1225-0562(Print)
ISSN : 2287-7258(Online)
Korean Journal of Materials Research Vol.28 No.11 pp.640-645

Synthesis of Fe3C-Embedded Nitrogen Doped Carbon for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

Young-Geun Lee1, Geon-Hyoung An2, Hyo-Jin Ahn1,2†
1Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul 01811, Republic of Korea
2Program of Materials Science & Engineering, Convergence Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Biomaterials, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul 01811, Republic of Korea
Corresponding author
E-Mail : (H.-J. Ahn, Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Sci. and Tech.)


The design of non-precious electrocatalysts with low-cost, good stability, and an improved oxygen reduction reaction(ORR) to replace the platinium-based electrocatalyst is significant for application of fuel cells and metal-air batteries with high energy density. In this study, we synthesize iron-carbide(Fe3C) embedded nitrogen(N) doped carbon nanofiber(CNF) as electrocatalysts for ORRs using electrospinning, precursor deposition, and carbonization. To optimize electrochemical performance, we study the three stages according to different amounts of iron precursor. Among them, Fe3C-embedded N doped CNF-1 exhibits the most improved electrochemical performance with a high onset potential of −0.18 V, a high E1/2 of −0.29 V, and a nearly four-electron pathway (n = 3.77). In addition, Fe3C-embedded N doped CNF-1 displays exellent long-term stabillity with the lowest ΔE1/2= 8 mV compared to the other electrocatalysts. The improved electrochemical properties are attributed to synergestic effect of N-doping and well-dispersed iron carbide embedded in CNF. Consequently, Fe3C-embedded N doped CNF is a promising candidate for non-precious electrocatalysts for high-performance ORRs.

산소환원반응을 위한 탄화철이 내재된 질소 도핑된 탄소의 제조

이영근1, 안건형2, 안효진1,2†
1서울과학기술대학교 신소재공학과,2서울과학기술대학교 의공학-바이오소재 융합 협동과정 신소재공학프로그램