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Highly ordered iron oxide-mesoporous fullerene nanocomposites for oxygen reduction reaction and supercapacitor applications

Benzigar, Mercy R. and Joseph, Stalin and Saianand, Gopalan and Gopalan, Anantha-Iyengar and Sarkar, Sujoy and Srinivasan, Sampath and Park, Dae-Hwan and Kim, Sungho and Talapaneni, Siddulu Naidu and Ramadass, Kavitha and Vinu, Ajayan (2019) Highly ordered iron oxide-mesoporous fullerene nanocomposites for oxygen reduction reaction and supercapacitor applications. In: MICROPOROUS AND MESOPOROUS MATERIALS, 285 . pp. 21-31.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micromeso.2019.04.071


In this study, we report a facile synthetic strategy to embed ultra-small iron oxide nanoparticles within the channels of highly ordered mesoporous fullerene (C-60) (Fe-MFC60-T, where T denotes the temperature of the template synthesis). The present work is judicially designed to form the hematite phase of iron oxide (alpha-Fe2O3) nanoparticles (NPs) through the subsequent calcination of Fe-MFC60-T. The Fe-MFC60-T materials were analysed comprehensively for obtaining their physico-chemical properties. Among the materials studied, Fe-MFC60-150 exhibits a unique doughnut-shaped morphology with a high specific surface area ( 598 m(2) g(-1)), crystalline wall structure, and well-ordered porosity. The Fe-MFC60-150 displays an adequate oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity with a positive onset potential at 0.85 V (vs RHE) and half wave potential at 0.78 V (vs RHE), low Tafel slope (66 mV per decade), high exchange current density (1.2 x 10(-10) A cm(-2)), and good tolerance towards methanol crossover. We also demonstrate that Fe-MFC60-150 is capable of delivering a specific capacitance of 112.4 F g(-1) at 0.1 A g(-1). The electrochemical performance of Fe-MFC60-150 towards ORR and super capacitor can be ascribed to the synergistic coupling effects between the active sites of alpha-Fe2O3 and MFC60.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier B.V.
Keywords: Mesoporous carbon; Nanoporous carbon; Nanotemplating; Mesoporous silica; Energy
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 06:04
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 06:04
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/63105

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