In the path of direct energy conversion and wastewater disposal through microbial fuel cells (MFCs), the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) plays a pivotal role. However, kinetic limitations hinders the spread of such technology requiring the use of a catalyst to develop efficient and cost effective devices. Herein we report a facile method for the preparation of iron-based catalyst supported on graphene oxide (GO) obtained by electrochemical exfoliation of graphite in aqueous solution of ammonium sulfate. Two different strategies to include nitrogen functionalities on/in GO matrix have been used, such as one-step nitrogen-doping in solution and post treatments based on annealing with ammonia gas. Iron (II) phthalocyanine (FePc) was used as iron source and deposited on GO by pyrolysis-free impregnation. Tuning the adjustable parameters governing the materials preparation allowed producing GO nanosheets with unique morphology and surface properties for enhancing the interaction with FePc. By combining the use of microscopy, electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques, a correlation between structure and surface chemistry of the prepared materials with catalytic activity towards ORR was established. The applicability of iron-based materials as ORR cathodes was evaluated by assembling single chamber air-cathodes MFCs, which power and voltage generation over time were acquired. The obtained results demonstrated that FePc/GO-based electrocatalysts can be used for electricity generation and waste treatment at the cathode side of MFCs.
Mecheri, B., Ficca, V., Costa de Oliveira, M.A., D'Epifanio, A., Placidi, E., Arciprete, F., et al. (2018). Facile synthesis of graphene-phthalocyanine composites as oxygen reduction electrocatalysts in microbial fuel cells. APPLIED CATALYSIS. B, ENVIRONMENTAL, 237, 699-707 [10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.06.031].
|Tipologia:||Articolo su rivista|
|Citazione:||Mecheri, B., Ficca, V., Costa de Oliveira, M.A., D'Epifanio, A., Placidi, E., Arciprete, F., et al. (2018). Facile synthesis of graphene-phthalocyanine composites as oxygen reduction electrocatalysts in microbial fuel cells. APPLIED CATALYSIS. B, ENVIRONMENTAL, 237, 699-707 [10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.06.031].|
|IF:||Con Impact Factor ISI|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/07 - Fondamenti Chimici delle Tecnologie|
|Revisione (peer review):||Esperti anonimi|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.06.031|
|Stato di pubblicazione:||Pubblicato|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Titolo:||Facile synthesis of graphene-phthalocyanine composites as oxygen reduction electrocatalysts in microbial fuel cells|
|Autori:||Mecheri, B; Ficca, VCA; Costa de Oliveira, MA; D'Epifanio, A; Placidi, E; Arciprete, F; Licoccia, S|
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