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Synthesis and properties towards oxygen reduction reaction of transition metal selenides

  • Tuo Wang
  • Di Cheng
  • Chuanqi Feng
  • Huimin WuEmail author
  • Guangxue ZhangEmail author
Original Paper


In this work, Ni-Se-x (x is the feed ratios) (x = 30, 40, 45, 50.5, 55, 56.8, 60, 66.7, 80) is synthesized by a solvothermal method. The scanning electron microscopy shows that the Ni-Se-60 exhibits a fluffy petal-like surface. Electrochemical tests, such as cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectra, liner sweep voltammetry, and chronoamperometry, show that the catalytic activity of Ni-Se-60 towards oxygen reduction reaction is better than that of other transition metal selenides. Ni-Se-60 has obvious redox peak (peak potential is 0.31 V), higher initial potential (0.739 V) and half-wave potential (0.568 V), lower charge transfer resistance, and better stability. Furthermore, Ni-Se-60 has better tolerance to methanol, ethanol, and ethylene glycol than Pt/C.


Proton exchange membrane fuel cell Electrocatalysis Oxygen reduction reaction Non-precious metal catalysts Transition metal selenide 


Funding information

This study received financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21205030), the key project of Hubei provincial education department (D20171001), the Hubei Key Laboratory of Ferro & Piezoelectric Materials and Devices (201710), and the Hubei Key Laboratory for Processing and Application of Catalytic Materials (201829303) (111 project, B12015).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Organic Chemical Materials & Ministry-of-Education Key Laboratory for the Synthesis and Application of Organic Functional Molecules, Hubei Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials, National & Local Joint Engineering Research Center of High-throughput Drug Screening Technology, College of Chemistry & Chemical EngineeringHubei UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Hubei Key Laboratory of Processing and Application of Catalytic Materials,Huanggang Normal UniversityHuanggangPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.School of Nuclear Technology and Chemistry & BiologyHubei University of Science and TechnologyXianningPeople’s Republic of China

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