Rapid precipitation-reduction synthesis of carbon-supported silver for efficient oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline solution

  • Shijin Cai
  • Jutao JinEmail author
  • Xiaochang Qiao
  • Wenlong Wang
  • Pan Jiang
  • Jianwei GuoEmail author
  • Hongbo FanEmail author
Short Communication


Silver has emerged as a promising electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline membrane fuel cell for its high stability in alkaline solution. However, the electrocatalytic activity of silver-based ORR electrocatalyst is generally poor. This paper presents a rapid precipitation-reduction method to synthesize carbon-supported silver electrocatalysts, which involves precipitating AgBr compound on carbon support, and then transforming it into carbon-supported silver via an in situ electrochemical reduction process. The obtained electrocatalysts show excellent oxygen reduction performances in terms of E½ (0.84 V vs. RHE) and mass specific activity Jm (9.1 mA mgAg−1@0.85 V), outperforming most of recent reported silver-based ORR electrocatalysts. Further experiment indicates that the improved electrocatalytic performances can be assigned to the presence of lattice defects at Ag surface, which can facilitate the adsorption and further reduction of oxygen molecular on the silver surface.


Precipitation-reduction synthesis Carbon-supported silver Oxygen reduction reaction Alkaline solution 


Funding information

This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 21403227), Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province (no. 2015B090927007), leading talents of innovation and entrepreneurship of the Dongguan City D2017(16), and Startup Research Fund of Dongguan University Of Technology (KCYKYQD2017015).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Materials Sciences and EngineeringDongguan University of TechnologyDongguanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Chemical Engineering and Light IndustryGuangdong University of TechnologyGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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