, Volume 25, Issue 12, pp 5929–5937 | Cite as

Multi-wall carbon nanotube-supported palladium–cobalt oxide nanoparticle as efficient catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction

  • Xianhong He
  • Deming Li
  • Zhengyu Bai
  • Fangfang Chang
  • Jinli QiaoEmail author
  • Lin YangEmail author
Original Paper


A facile one-step solvothermal approach is adopted to synthesize a multi-wall carbon nanotube-supported palladium–cobalt oxide nanoparticle catalyst (Pd-CoO/MWCNT) as a highly efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline conditions. In the composite material, Pd-CoO nanoparticles with an average particle size of 6.2 nm are found uniformly anchored on the MWCNTs. MWCNTs form a conductive carbon network with high specific surface area, which favors both mass transport and charge transfer for the electrochemical reaction. The Pd-CoO/MWCNTs exhibit a comparable ORR activity and excellent durability in 0.1 mol/L KOH environment. More significantly, under electrochemical accelerated durability test, the Pd-CoO/MWCNTs can endure at least 14,000 cycles with negligible activity decay. The improved ORR activity and stability of Pd-CoO/MWCNTs demonstrate the effectiveness of introducing transition metal oxide in the development of high-performance non-Pt catalysts for fuel cells and metal–air batteries.


Nanoparticle Oxygen reduction reaction Palladium Cobalt oxide 


Funding information

This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 21571053 and 51872075), the 111 Project (Grant No. D17007), and Henan Center for Outstanding Overseas Scientists (Grant No. GZS2018003).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Collaborative Innovation Center of Henan Province for Green Manufacturing of Fine Chemicals, Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Media and Reactions, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringHenan Normal UniversityXinxiangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Environmental Science and EngineeringDonghua UniversityShanghaiChina

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