Core-shell carbon materials derived from metal-organic frameworks as an efficient oxygen bifunctional electrocatalyst

Zhijuan Wang, Yizhong Lu, Ya Yan, Thia Yi Ping Larissa, Xiao Zhang, Delvin Wuu, Hua Zhang, Yanhui Yang, Xin Wang

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Noble-metal free and durable electrocatalysts with high catalytic activity toward oxygen reduction and evolution reactions are crucial to high-performance primary or rechargeable Zn-air batteries (ZnABs) and fuel cells. Herein, we report an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst with core-shell structure obtained from ZIF-8@ZIF-67 through hydrothermal and carbonization treatment. The resulted material, i.e. highly graphitic carbon (GC, carbonized from ZIF-67) on nitrogen-doped carbon (NC, carbonized from ZIF-8) (NC@GC), combines the distinguished advantages of NC, including high surface area, presence of Co doping and high nitrogen content, and those of GC including high crystallinity, good conductivity and stability of GC. This unique core-shell structure with potential synergistic interaction leads to high activities towards oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions. As a proof-of-concept, the as-prepared NC@GC catalyst exhibits excellent performance in the primary and rechargeable ZnABs. This study might inspire new thought on the development of carbon-based electrocatalytic materials derived from MOF materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-378
Number of pages11
JournalNano Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Electrocatalyst
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Oxygen evolution reaction
  • Oxygen reduction reaction
  • Zn-air battery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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