Acta Chim. Sinica ›› 2018, Vol. 76 ›› Issue (9): 723-728.DOI: 10.6023/A18060231 Previous Articles    



黄文姣, 张浩宇, 胡硕真, 钮东方, 张新胜   

  1. 华东理工大学 化学工程联合国家实验室 上海 200237
  • 投稿日期:2018-06-12 发布日期:2018-08-14
  • 通讯作者: 钮东方, 张新胜;
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Effect of Nitrogen-Containing Functional Groups of Cobalt Phthalocyanine Catalyst on the Oxygen Reduction Performance in Fuel Cells

Huang Wenjiao, Zhang Haoyu, Hu Shuozhen, Niu Dongfang, Zhang Xinsheng   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237
  • Received:2018-06-12 Published:2018-08-14
  • Contact: 10.6023/A18060231;
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    Project supported by the Special Foundation for Basic Scientific Research Business of East China University of Science and Technology (No. 222201814008), and the Shanghai Pujiang Talent Plan (No. 18PJ1402000).

An ultrasonic method and a tetrahydrofuran-mixed dispersion method were used to synthesize two heat-treated cobalt phthalocyanine catalysts supported on carbon nanotubes, CoPc-CNT-S and CoPc-CNT-R,respectively. The ultrasonic process was that mixing cobalt phthalocyanine and carbon nanotubes in isopropanol under ultrasound condition within 30 min, while the tetrahydrofuran-mixed dispersion method was that mixing cobalt phthalocyanine and carbon nanotubes in tetrahydrofuran at 80℃ lasting 4 h. Then the pyrolysis process was carried out in a tube furnace under Argon (Ar) atmosphere with a heating rate of 5℃/min to 800℃ and lasting 2 h. Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) results showed that cobalt content of CoPc-CNT-S was 8.1 wt% while CoPc-CNT-R was 7.0 wt%. Moreover, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results gave a conclusion that nitrogen content of CoPc-CNT-R (5.22%) is twice more than CoPc-CNT-S (2.08%). In comparsion with CoPc-CNT-R, CoPc-CNT-S has more pyrrole nitrogen on the surface. The fuel cell tests in a PEM/AEM hybrid fuel cell showed that the activity and stability of CoPc-CNT-S performed better than CoPc-CNT-R. Power density of CoPc-CNT-S hold at 18.6 mW/cm2 in H2/O2 hybrid AEM/PEM fuel cell for 15 h and CoPc-CNT-R can only hold at 9 mW/cm2. The current density of CoPc-CNT-S maintain at 68 mA/cm2 after stability test in H2/O2 hybrid AEM/PEM fuel cell for 20 h under 50 mV, but the stablity of CoPc-CNT-S fluctuate between 20 mA/cm2 to 40 mA/cm2. The reason can be concluded that ultrasonic method and tetrahydrofuran-mixed dispersion method can cause different kind of nitrogen doped on catalyst to influence electrocatalytic properties. The phenomenon that the electron transfer resistance of CoPc-CNT-S was lower than CoPc-CNT-R after working in PEM/AEM fuel cells for 5 h and 15 h can prove indirectly that the activity of CoPc-CNT-R using for the cathode catalyst H2/O2 hybrid AEM/PEM fuel cell is obviously less than CoPc-CNT-S. These observations may result from the cooperative effect from the similar ratio of pyridinic and pyrrolic nitrogen which may accelerate the catalytic activity of CoPc-CNT-S toward oxygen reduction reaction.

Key words: non-noble metal catalysts, cobalt phthalocyanine, carbon nanotubes, fuel cell, oxygen reduction reaction