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Nb2O5 nanoparticles supported on reduced graphene oxide sheets as electrocatalyst for the H2O2 electrogeneration

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Carneiro, Jussara F. [1] ; Paulo, Maria J. [2] ; Siaj, Mohamed [3] ; Tavares, Ana C. [2] ; Lanza, Marcos R. V. [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Quim Sao Carlos, BR-13566590 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Inst Natl Rech Sci Energie Mat & Telecommun, Varennes, PQ J3X 1S2 - Canada
[3] Univ Quebec, Fac Sci, Dept Chim, Montreal, PQ H3C 3P8 - Canada
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS; v. 332, p. 51-61, DEC 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 19

The use of electrogenerated H2O2 in wastewater treatment is a promising method to degrade the potentially hazardous organic contaminants. Hydrothermally prepared nanocomposites of Nb2O5 nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) were tested toward the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), via the production of H2O2. The Nb2O5-rGO composite shifts the onset potential to less negatives values when compared to unmodified rGO and Printex 6L carbon. Moreover, an increase in H2O2 production in acidic media from 73.7% to 85.3% was observed for rGO and Nb2O5-rGO, respectively. Nonetheless, the activity of both catalysts in alkaline medium is not significantly different. When compared to carbon Printex, the standard for this type of reaction, the Nb2O5-rGO electrode gives higher yields of H2O2 in either acidic (70.5% vs. 85.3%) or alkaline media (63.4% vs. 74.9%). The selectivity of Nb2O5-rGO composite toward H2O2 formation is attributed to the synergistic effect between the Nb2O5 nanoparticles and the rGO sheets. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/14314-1 - Study of the modification of gas diffusion electrodes with redox catalysts for in situ electrogeneration of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)
Grantee:Marcos Roberto de Vasconcelos Lanza
Support type: Regular Research Grants