Regulating the Interfacial Electron Density of La0.8Sr0.2Mn0.5Co0.5O3/RuOxfor Efficient and Low-Cost Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalysts and Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries

Yawen Dai, Jie Yu, Zhenbao Zhang, Shuo Zhai, Chun Cheng, Siyuan Zhao, Peng Tan, Zongping Shao, Meng Ni

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La0.8Sr0.2Mn0.5Co0.5O3 (LSMC) perovskite anchored with RuOx (LSMC-Ru) is fabricated as a new bifunctional electrocatalyst, with low dosage (2.43 wt %) and high utilization of noble metal Ru. The LSMC-Ru exhibits outstanding bifunctional activity with a low potential gap of 0.72 V between the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) potential at 10 mA cm-2 and the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) half-wave potential. The strong electronic interaction between RuOx and LSMC is confirmed by both experiments and theoretical calculations. Consequently, the electron-rich Mn centers promote ORR, while the electron-deficient Ru centers facilitate OER. A Zn-air battery using the LSMC-Ru air electrode delivers a peak power density of 159 mW cm-2 and a low charge-discharge potential gap of 0.58 V at 2 mA cm-2. The high round-trip energy efficiency of 60.6% is retained after 300 cycles. This strategy of anchoring a low dosage noble metal catalyst to perovskite can be extended to other systems of noble metal-non-noble metal composite electrocatalysts to achieve both competitive performance and low cost.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • electronic structure regulation
  • oxygen evolution reaction
  • oxygen reduction reaction
  • perovskite oxide
  • Zn-air battery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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