Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 103–110 | Cite as

Biomass-derived synthesis of nitrogen and phosphorus Co-doped mesoporous carbon spheres as catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction

  • Ya-Nan Yu
  • Min-Qiang Wang
  • Shu-Juan BaoEmail author
Original Paper


A low-cost, high-performance, and durable catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is prerequisite for the commercialization of fuel cells. Continuous efforts are made to explore nonprecious, efficient catalysts to replace the expensive and scare platinum-based catalysts. Here, we demonstrate a kind of novel nitrogen and phosphorus co-doped mesoporous carbon spheres (NPMCS) synthesized by hydrothermal assisting pyrolysis of food yeast. The as-prepared mesoporous carbon hollow spheres exhibit a high specific surface area of 1223 m2 g−1, deliver an excellent electrocatalytic performance for ORR in alkaline media, superior durability and high resistance to methanol cross-over effect.


Carbon sphere Heteroatom-doped Oxygen reduction reaction Fuel cell 



This work is financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21163021); Chongqing Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Technologies of Clean Energies, Natural Science Foundation of Chongqing (cstc2013jcyjA5004), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (XDJK2013B031), and Program for Excellent Talents in Chongqing (102060-20600218).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Clean Energy & Advanced Materials, Faculty of Material & EnergySouthwest UniversityChongqingPeople’s Republic of China

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