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Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China

Vol. 25    No. 2    February 2015

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Effect of preparation routes on activity of Ag-MnOx/C as electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline media
Qiu-mei WU1, Jian-ming RUAN1, Zhong-cheng ZHOU1, Shang-bin SANG2

1. State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China;
2. College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China

Abstract:The effect of preparation routes on the physical characteristics and activity of the Ag-MnOx/C composites toward the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline media were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersion spectroscopy (EDS) as well as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical techniques. The results show that more Ag and Mn species present on the surface of the Ag-MnOx/C composite prepared by two-step route (Ag-MnOx/C-2) compared to the one prepared by one-step route (Ag-MnOx/C-1), which contributes to its superior activity toward the ORR. The higher electron transfer number involved in the ORR can be observed on the Ag-MnOx/C-2 composite and its specific mass kinetic current at -0.6 V (vs Hg/HgO) is 46 mA/μg, which is 23 times that on the Ag/C. The peak power density of zinc-air battery with the Ag-MnOx/C-2 air electrode reaches up to 117 mW/cm2.


Key words: silver; manganese oxide; oxygen reduction reaction; zinc-air battery; electrocatalyst; full cell

ISSN 1004-0609
CN 43-1238/TG

ISSN 1003-6326
CN 43-1239/TG

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