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Co–N–C-Supported Platinum Catalyst: Synergistic Effect on the Aerobic Oxidation of Glycerol

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posted on 18.12.2020, 15:05 by Zhiyan He, Guangxing Yang, Hongjuan Wang, Fengying Dai, Feng Peng, Hao Yu
Metal- and nitrogen-doped carbon materials (Me–N–C) have received intensive scientific interest as single-atom catalysts (SACs) for electro- and thermocatalytic reactions. In this work, the potential of Me–N–C (Me = Co, Fe, Ni)-wrapped carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as support of platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) for base-free oxidation of glycerol was investigated. Co-doping of transition metal and nitrogen significantly enhanced the dispersion of Pt, indicating the advantages of the supporting material for noble-metal catalysts. Two-fold improvement of turnover of glycerol was observed over 5Pt/CoNC@CNT compared to 5Pt/CNT under the same reaction conditions. A kinetics study was conducted to understand the role of CoNC as a support of Pt NPs in a wide range of oxygen partial pressure from 0.04 to 0.4 MPa and a range of glycerol concentration from 0.012 to 0.15 wt %. A synergistic effect between Me–N–C, especially Co–N–C, and Pt NPs was revealed. The Co–N–C support facilitated the activation of oxygen and thus enhanced the overall turnover of glycerol oxidation, especially at high glycerol concentrations. This finding suggests a new approach to the high-performance Pt catalysts via introducing SACs as supporting materials that afford auxiliary active sites for the target reaction.