N-doped carbon nanofibers as oxygen reduction and hydrogen peroxide decomposition catalysts

Stephen Maldonado, Keith J. Stevenson

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In this study, the synthesis carbon nanofiber (CNF) electrodes produced by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is presented. These materials were characterized as catalysts for decomposition of hydrogen peroxide and for electro-reduction of dioxygen. Careful regulation of the CVD deposition parameters allows for controlled growth of nitrogen doped carbon nanofibers (N-doped CNFs) which exhibit enhanced catalytic activity over non-doped CNF electrodes. Electrochemical and gasometric methods are used to establish corresponding catalysis mechanisms and to quantify heterogeneous decomposition rate constants for hydrogen peroxide. The N-doped electrodes demonstrate significant electrocatalytic activity in aqueous KNO 3 solutions at neutral to basic pH for the reduction of oxygen. Electrochemical data is presented which suggest that oxygen reduction reaction can be treated as a catalytic regenerative process where HO 2 - is chemically decomposed to regenerate oxygen, 2HO 2 ⇋ O 2 + 2OH: The proposed electrocatalysis mechanism for dioxygen reduction is supported by the observed decomposition rate constants for hydrogen peroxide. Remarkably, ∼100 fold enhancement for hydrogen peroxide decomposition is observed for N-doped CNFs, with rates comparable to the best known peroxide decomposition catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectron Transfer in Nanomaterials - Proceedings of the International Symposium
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event205th Electrochemical Society Meeting - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: 9 May 200414 May 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings - Electrochemical Society
VolumePV 2004-22


Conference205th Electrochemical Society Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX


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