Silver nanoparticles embedded in phosphorus and nitrogen-doped hierarchical hollow porous carbon for efficient supercapacitor and electrocatalytic water oxidation

Athibala Mariappan, Ranjith Kumar Dharman, Tae Hwan Oh, Samikannu Prabu, Kung Yuh Chiang

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Abstract

Supercapacitor (SC) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) require highly efficient multifunctional catalysts prepared from non-noble metals and heteroatoms. In this work, we have developed silver (Ag) decorated on phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N) -doped hollow porous carbon (HPC) prepared through hydrothermal followed by pyrolysis method. The prepared bifunctional electrocatalyst was studied through different characterization techniques. As-prepared HPC-UD, P-HPC-UD, and Ag@P-HPC-UD integrate high-level P-doping, large specific surface areas (up to 1452, 1247, and 528 m2 g−1), and hierarchical multipores of cross-linked micro and mesopore channels. As a result, the Ag and P modified the active sites and electronic structure of the HPC bifunctional catalyst, which is beneficial for the electrocatalytic process. As a result, the Ag@P-HPC-UD catalyst provides an outstanding specific capacitance value of 388 F g−1 at 0.5 A g−1 when used as a SC electrode. Furthermore, the Ag@P-HPC-UD electrocatalyst exhibited efficient OER behavior with a lower overpotential of 165 mV at 10 mA cm2 current density and a lower Tafel value of 55.46 mV dec−1, which is remarkably superior to commercial RuO2 electrocatalyst. Therefore, the Ag@P-HPC-UD electrocatalyst pathway for a new revolution in developing a highly impressive carbon-based electrode towards both SC and electrocatalytic OER performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number131579
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Volume671
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Aug 2023

Keywords

  • Ag NPs
  • Electrocatalysts
  • Hollow porous carbon
  • N-doping
  • OER
  • P
  • Supercapacitor

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