The Relationship Between Carbon Nanotube Surface Status and Electrocatalytic Performance Toward Oxygen Reduction Reaction of Cobalt Phthalocyanine /Carbon Nanotube
This abstract mainly focused on the different surface treatment of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) connect to CoPc and their electrocatalytic performance for the ORR process. Investigating raw CNTs, acidification CNTs (AF-CNTs) and activation CNTs gives us three different surface treatment CNTs coated by CoPc, which have higher electrocatalytic performance than CoPc itself. Here we find CoPc /AF-CNTs exhibit highest catalytic activity, and the Tafel Polarization curve test showed that CoPc/AF-MWCNTs perform the highest exchange current density (i0) in oxygen reduction reaction, and even its reaction rate is faster than commercial catalyst. The results indicated that the broken CNTs surface is beneficial for coating CoPc, as well as the charge transformation during the catalytic process. At the same time oxygen- containing groups on carbon-base can promote catalytic activity of CoPc for the ORR process.