In this study, cobalt-doped carbon xerogel (Co-CX) was synthesized via sol-gel polymerization resorcinol-formaldehyde, catalyzed with cobalt nitrate, followed by drying and carbonization process under nitrogen gas flow. The effect of initial pH value (5.5, 6.5 and 7.5) and the type of carbon precursors on the morphology of Co-CX have been investigated with Field Emission-Transmission Electron Microscopy (FESEM). The catalytic activity of Co-CX for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in 0.1 M KOH has been studied by using a rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) technique. FESEM revealed that Co doping promotes the formation of more pores. While the conditions allow obtaining xerogel with higher porosity at pH 7.5. The RRDE result display that Co-CX exhibited good catalytic activity tends to favor two electrons pathway.
Cobalt-doped carbon xerogel with different initial pH values toward oxygen reduction
Azim Fitri, Kee Shyuan Loh, Ifa Puspasari, Abu Bakar Mohamad; Cobalt-doped carbon xerogel with different initial pH values toward oxygen reduction. AIP Conf. Proc. 4 December 2017; 1901 (1): 020027. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5010464
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