The Synergistic Effect Accelerates the Oxygen Reduction/Evolution Reaction in a Zn-Air Battery

Yidan Zhang, Youmin Guo, Tao Liu, Fuxu Feng, Chunchang Wang, Haibo Hu, Mingzai Wu, Meng Ni, Zongping Shao

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Perovskite oxides are promising electrocatalysts toward oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) due to their abundance and high intrinsic catalytic activity. Here we introduce Ag into Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO3−δ (SSC) to form a Ag-SSC catalyst by ultrasonication and apply it as the air electrode for a Zn-air battery. It finds that the introduction of Ag into SSC can transform the Ag-SSC into a good bifunctional electrocatalyst toward ORR as well as OER. For instance, a more active half-wave potential with a value of 0.76 V for ORR is obtained at 1,600 rpm, while the OER overpotential is 0.43 V at I = 10 mA cm−2. Further characterization demonstrates that the improved catalyst activity of the Ag-SSC can be assigned to the synergistic effect generated between the Ag and SSC phases. The Zn-air battery with the Ag-SSC as an electrode not only gives a same discharge-charge voltage gap (1.33 V) with that of commercial Pt/C (1.33 V) but also presents an equivalent current efficiency (45.7% for Ag-SSC and 45.3% for Pt/C) at 10 mA cm−2. Moreover, the stability for 110 cycles is better. This result indicates that the Ag-SSC catalyst shows promise for use as a bifunctional electrocatalyst toward OER and ORR.

Original languageEnglish
Article number524
JournalFrontiers in Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2019


  • oxygen evolution reaction
  • oxygen reduction reaction
  • silver glue
  • Sr-doped Sm cobaltite perovskite
  • synergistic effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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