Enabling Direct H2O2 Production in Acidic Media through Rational Design of Transition Metal Single Atom Catalyst

Jiajian Gao, Hong bin Yang, Xiang Huang, Sung Fu Hung, Weizheng Cai, Chunmiao Jia, Shu Miao, Hao Ming Chen, Xiaofeng Yang, Yanqiang Huang*, Tao Zhang, Bin Liu

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Hydrogen peroxide is a valuable chemical with extensive applications, but the current industrial production method is energy-intensive and generates substantial waste. The electrochemical oxygen reduction reaction in acidic media offers an attractive route for direct hydrogen peroxide generation and on-site applications. Unfortunately, there is still a lack of cost-effective electrocatalysts with high catalytic performance. Here, by combining theoretical calculations and experimental methods, we demonstrate that an atomically dispersed cobalt anchored in nitrogen-doped carbon can function as a highly active and selective electrocatalyst for direct hydrogen peroxide synthesis. This cobalt single-atom catalyst combines the advantages of both homogeneous catalysts of cobalt macrocycles (well-defined active sites) and heterogeneous metal-nitrogen-carbon catalysts (high catalytic performance) together, showing promising application in electrosynthesis device.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)658-674
Number of pages17
Issue number3
StatePublished - 12 Mar 2020


  • catalyst design
  • electrocatalysis
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • oxygen reduction reaction
  • SDG7: Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • single atom catalyst

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