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Title: Selective and continuous electrosynthesis of hydrogen peroxide on nitrogen-doped carbon supported nickel
Authors: Shen, HJ
Pan, LH
Thomas, T
Wang, JC
Guo, XY 
Zhu, Y 
Luo, K
Du, SY
Guo, HC
Hutchings, GJ
Attfield, JP
Yang, MH
Issue Date: Nov-2020
Source: Cell reports physical science, 18 Nov. 2020, v. 1, no. 11, 100255
Abstract: Hydrogen peroxide is a widely used industrial oxidant, the large-scale production of which continues to be done by an indirect process. Direct electrosynthesis of hydrogen peroxide from aerial oxygen and water is a sustainable alternative, but this remains challenging because hydrogen peroxide is highly reactive and robust catalysts are vital. Here, we report direct and continuous electrosynthesis of hydrogen peroxide under alkaline conditions using a nitrogen-doped-carbon-supported nickel catalyst. Both experiment and theoretical calculations confirm that the existence of nickel particles suppresses the further reduction of hydrogen peroxide on Ni-N-C matrix. In air-saturated 0.1 M potassium hydroxide, the energy-efficient non-precious metal electrocatalyst exhibits a consistent Faraday efficiency over 95% at a steady rate of hydrogen peroxide production (15.1 mmol min(-1) gcat(-1)) for 100 h. This sustainable, efficient, and safe process is an important step toward continuous production of hydrogen peroxide.
Publisher: Cell Press
Journal: Cell reports physical science2666-3864
EISSN: 2666-3864
DOI: 10.1016/j.xcrp.2020.100255
Rights: © 2020 The Author(s).
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The following publication Shen, H., Pan, L., Thomas, T., Wang, J., Guo, X., Zhu, Y., ... & Yang, M. (2020). Selective and Continuous Electrosynthesis of Hydrogen Peroxide on Nitrogen-doped Carbon Supported Nickel. Cell Reports Physical Science, 1(11), 100255 is available at
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