Promoting effect of nitrogen doping on carbon nanotube-supported RuO2 applied in the electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction
Journal article, 2016

RuO2 nanoparticles supported on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) functionalized with oxygen (OCNTs) and nitrogen (NCNTs) were employed for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in 0.1 M KOH. The catalysts were synthesized by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition using ruthenium carbonyl (Ru3(CO)12) as Ru precursor. The obtained RuO2/OCNT and RuO2/NCNT composites were characterized using TEM, H2-TPR, XRD and XPS in order probe structure-activity correlations, particularly, the effect of the different surface functional groups on the electrochemical OER performance. The electrocatalytic activity and stability of the catalysts with mean RuO2 particle sizes of 13-14 nm was evaluated by linear sweep voltammetry, cyclic voltammetry, and chronopotentiometry, showing that the generation of nitrogen-containing functional groups on CNTs was beneficial for both OER activity and stability. In the presence of RuO2, carbon corrosion was found to be significantly less severe.

Chemical vapor deposition

Oxygen evolution reaction

Ruthenium dioxide

Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes


Kunpeng Xie

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology

W. Xia

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

J. Masa

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

F. Yang

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

P. Weide

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

W. Schuhmann

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

M. Muhler

Max Planck Society

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Journal of Energy Chemistry

2095-4956 (ISSN)

Vol. 25 2 282-288

Subject Categories

Chemical Engineering



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