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Min Young Song, Hyean Yeol Park, Dae-Soo Yang, Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjya and Prof. Jong-Sung Yu Seaweed-Derived Heteroatom-Doped Highly Porous Carbon as an Electrocatalyst for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction ChemSusChem 7

Article first published online: 8 MAY 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201400049

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Raise your cup! The template-free pyrolysis of natural seaweed results in “seaweed carbon” (SCup) with a high surface area and doped nitrogen and sulfur heteroatoms as a metal-free electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction. The reaction proceeds through a four-electron pathway in alkaline media, and the activity is comparable to that of the Pt/C catalyst, but SCup shows enhanced durability and methanol tolerance.

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