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Preparation of Mesoporous/Microporous MnCo2O4 and Nanocubic MnCr2O4 Using a Single Step Solution Combustion Synthesis for Bifunction Oxygen Electrocatalysis

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submitted on 2024-07-04, 11:22 and posted on 2024-07-04, 11:24 authored by Anchu Ashok, Anand Kumar, Janarthanan Ponraj, Said A. Mansour

We report the synthesis of mesoporous/microporous MnCo2O4 and cubic MnCr2O4 using solution combustion synthesis for oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions. XRD and TEM analysis indicate small crystallites of MnCo2O4 forming ultra-thin layer of irregular structures that lead to porous morphology. A slightly larger crystallite size was observed for MnCr2O4. The surface oxygen defect in MnCo2O4 is much higher than MnCr2O4 that enhances the active sites for the oxygen adsorption and promotes fast dissociation in presence of more exposed Mn/Co sites during the oxygen electrocatalysis. The electrochemical properties of the synthesized catalysts were analysed using CV, LSV, EIS and CA showing high limiting current density and kinetic current density, positive onset and halfwave potential and higher number of overall electron transfer in MnCo2O4 that MnCr2O4. Chronoamperometric (CA) runs for 24 h shows excellent stability of MnCo2O4 without any significant decrease in the current or potential value in ORR and OER. On basis of the activity and stability performance, MnCo2O4 shows to be a promising bifunctional electrocatalyst, with significantly improved performance than previously reported Mn and Co mixed oxides, and comparable to Pt and Ru based catalysts in terms of durability, onset potential and Tafel slope.

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Published in: Journal of The Electrochemical Society
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Qatar National Research Fund (NPRP8-145-2-066), Design of Bimetallic Catalysts and Agglomeration Control Using Combustion Synthesis Method.



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The Electrochemical Society

Publication Year

  • 2020

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  • Qatar University
  • College of Engineering - QU
  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute - HBKU