Electrochemically Active Nitrogen-Enriched Nanocarbons with Engineered Morphology by Pyrolysis of Block Copolymer Nanodomains(1/3)

  • Sun, Ya-Sen (PI)

Project Details


The research project will fabricate electrochemically active nitrogen-enrichednanocarbons with engineered morphologies by direct pyrolysis of pyridine-containing blockcopolymer nanodomains. Block copolymers (BCP) with a variety of self-assembledmorphologies will first be prepared by annealing as-spun films in solvent vapor and drying inair. To obtain nanostructured carbons with improved morphological and dimensional retention,UV irradiation in an inert environment will be used to stabilize self-assembled nanodomains.Here the first goal of the project is to identify correlations between electrochemical catalystactivities for oxygen reduction and nitrogen content as well as configuration doped onnanostructured carbons as a function of pyrolysis temperature. The second goal is to fabricate3D nitrogen-doped nanocarbon hybrids with uniform dispersion of nonprecious particulatemetals (such as Au, Ag, Fe and Co) or metal oxides as efficient cathode catalysts for oxygenreduction reaction. Such nano-composites will be made through pyrolysis ofBCP-nanoparticle hybrids.
Effective start/end date1/08/1531/07/16

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • block copolymer nanodomains
  • Nanostructured carbons
  • Nitrogen-doping
  • Oxygen reduction reactions


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