N-Doped ordered porous carbon decorated with WN and Ni nanoparticles for enhanced electrocatalytic properties

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Design of non-noble metal-based nanocatalysts supported on N-doped porous carbon is very important for electrocatalytic applications. Herein, we propose a new transition metal nitrides (TMNs) catalyst through an in-situ synthesis, in which WN and Ni nanoparticles (NPs) are uniformly anchored in N-doped ordered porous carbon (WN–Ni/NPC). N-doped porous carbon with high surface area favors electrolyte infiltration and reactants diffusion, and its three-dimensional (3D) conductive network offers fast electron transport. Moreover, doping of N element together with uniformly distributed NPs further enhance the catalytic activity towards oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Benefiting from the above superiorities and synergistic effect between the WN and Ni NPs, the WN–Ni/NPC shows good catalytic performance for ORR in alkaline media. The present synthetic method is highly valuable for designing N-doped porous carbon supported TMNs-based catalysts.

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Financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11575084 and 51602153), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20160795 and BK20190413), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. NE2018104), Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province (No. LQ18B010005), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2019M661825) and a project funded by the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (PAPD) are greatly appreciated.

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Ma, Y., Guo, H., Xue, H. et al. N-Doped ordered porous carbon decorated with WN and Ni nanoparticles for enhanced electrocatalytic properties. J Porous Mater (2020) doi:10.1007/s10934-019-00827-6

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  • Transition metal nitrides
  • N-doped ordered porous carbon
  • Synergistic effect
  • Catalyst
  • Oxygen reduction reaction