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Earth-Abundant Alkali Iron Phosphates (AFePO(4)) as Efficient Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Alkaline Solution

Murugesan, Chinnasamy and Lochab, Shubham and Senthilkumar, Baskar and Barpanda, Prabeer (2018) Earth-Abundant Alkali Iron Phosphates (AFePO(4)) as Efficient Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Alkaline Solution. In: CHEMCATCHEM, 10 (5). pp. 1122-1127.

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Abstract

Water-splitting systems are essential for clean energy production. The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is a key reaction involved in water splitting, which requires a catalyst. The current work explores the possible application of sodium and potassium iron phosphates (AFePO(4), A=Na and K) as electrocatalysts for ORR activity. These earth-abundant iron phosphates were synthesized by the solution combustion synthesis (SCS) technique by using ascorbic acid both as fuel and reducing agent for Fe. The crystal structure was analyzed by Rietveld refinement. The formation of carbon coating was identified by thermogravimetric analysis and Raman spectroscopy. Electrocatalytic properties of AFePO(4) were investigated in alkali electrolytes for the first time by using linear sweep voltammetry with a rotating disk electrode (RDE). The ORR activities of these alkali iron phosphates are comparable to that of the Pt/C system. The Tafel slope and electron transfer number of the alkali iron phosphates were calculated. The ORR activity of NaFePO4 was found to be better than KFePO4 and FePO4. This work demonstrates alkali iron phosphates as alternate cost-effective, novel electrocatalysts for productive ORR activity in alkaline solution.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for the article belong to WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH, POSTFACH 101161, 69451 WEINHEIM, GERMANY
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
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Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2018 19:57
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2018 19:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/59447

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