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Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 45, Issue 9, pp 1005–1012 | Cite as

Preparation and characterization of electrospun LaCoO3 fibers for oxygen reduction and evolution in rechargeable Zn–air batteries

  • J. ShimEmail author
  • K. J. Lopez
  • H.-J. Sun
  • G. Park
  • J.-C. An
  • S. Eom
  • S. Shimpalee
  • J. W. Weidner
Research Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Batteries

Abstract

LaCoO3 fibers were synthesized through the calcination of an electrospun polymer-metal precursor fiber. The electrochemical performance of these fibers for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions was characterized in a KOH solution. Additionally, the electrochemical properties were compared with those of a conventional PtRu/C catalyst and a LaCoO3 powder, which was synthesized using the Pechini method. The LaCoO3 fibers had a greater surface area compared with the powder, whereas the crystal structures of the fibers and powder were notably similar. The LaCoO3 fibers demonstrated better electrochemical properties compared with the LaCoO3 powder, which was attributed to the increased surface area and number of active sites in the fibers.

Keywords

Zn–air battery Cathode Perovskite LaCoO3 Electrospinning Fiber Oxygen reduction Oxygen evolution 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (MEST) (NRF-2012-M1A2A2-029538).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Shim
    • 1
    Email author
  • K. J. Lopez
    • 1
  • H.-J. Sun
    • 2
  • G. Park
    • 3
  • J.-C. An
    • 4
  • S. Eom
    • 5
  • S. Shimpalee
    • 6
  • J. W. Weidner
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Nano & Chemical EngineeringKunsan National UniversityJeonbukKorea
  2. 2.Department of Material Science & EngineeringKunsan National UniversityJeonbukKorea
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryKunsan National UniversityJeonbukKorea
  4. 4.Carbon Materials Research GroupResearch Institute of Industrial Science & TechnologyGyeongbukKorea
  5. 5.Battery Research CenterKorea Electrotechnology Research InstituteChangwonKorea
  6. 6.Department of Chemical Engineering, Center for Electrochemical EngineeringUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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