Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics

, Volume 30, Issue 24, pp 21388–21397 | Cite as

ZIF-derived Co nanoparticle/N-doped CNTs composites embedded in N-doped carbon substrate as efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen and oxygen evolution

  • Hongjie Li
  • Yi HeEmail author
  • Teng He
  • Siming Yan
  • Xiaoyu Ma
  • Jingyu ChenEmail author


Herein, we report a bifunctional electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) by pyrolysis of zeolitic imidazolate framework-67 (ZIF-67), melamine, and PVP composites solid gel. During the pyrolysis, ZIF-67 formed N and Co co-doped carbon nanotubes on the surface (Co@CNT/NC), melamine and PVP have been converted into N-doped carbon (NC) substrate. Our Co@CNT/NC composites display the overpotential of HER and OER at current density of 10 mA cm−2 only need 136 mV and 280 mV, respectively. The synergistic effect of catalytic active sites such as metallic Co, Co–N bond, and N-doped carbon, and the large specific surface area caused by special morphology of the materials, enabled the catalysts to exhibit superior catalytic performance of HER and OER. The work provides a new idea to construct highly efficient HER and OER dual-functional electrocatalysts.



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51774245), Applied Basic Research Projects of Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province (No. 2018JY0517), Science and Technology Support Project of Sichuan Province (2015RZ0023), Open Fund (PLN201806) of State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation (Southwest Petroleum University), Youth science and technology creative group fund of Southwest Petroleum University (2015CXTD03), and Research Center of Energy polymer materials of Southwest Petroleum University and Chengdu Ceshigo Research Service Co., Ltd (

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Lab of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation (Southwest Petroleum University)ChengduChina
  2. 2.College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringSouthwest Petroleum UniversityChengduChina
  3. 3.Institute for Frontier MaterialsDeakin UniversityGeelongAustralia

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