Aluminum and Nitrogen Codoped Graphene: Highly Active and Durable Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

Yong Qin, Hong Hui Wu, Lei A. Zhang, Xiao Zhou, Yunfei Bu, Wei Zhang, Fuqiang Chu, Yutong Li, Yong Kong, Qiaobao Zhang, Dong Ding, Yongxin Tao, Yongxin Li, Meilin Liu, Xiao Cheng Zeng

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The development of a highly active and exceedingly durable electrocatalyst at low cost for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is extremely desirable but remains to be a grand challenge. Over the past decade, the transitional-metal (e.g., Fe, Co, Ni) and N codoped graphene materials have attracted most attention as the state-of-the-art nonprecious-metal-based effective electrocatalyst for ORR but still entail unsatisfactory issues such as moderate activity and life. Herein, the main-group-metal Al and N codoped graphene (ANG) is successfully fabricated via thermal annealing treatment of N-doped graphene with aluminum tri-(8-hydroxyquinoline). As a highly effective electrocatalyst for ORR, the as-prepared ANG exhibits not only high electrocatalytic activity that even outperforms the commercial Pt/C but also good durability in both three-electrode cell and Zn-air battery. Theoretical calculations show that the inhomogeneous charge density distribution and the interaction between Al and N are mainly responsible for the marked enhancement of ORR activity. The designed ANG electrocatalysts will provide a perspective application in energy storage and promote further exploration of main-group-element-based inexpensive, active, and durable electrocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-619
Number of pages10
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 4 2019


  • Al-doped graphene
  • N-doped graphene
  • electrocatalyst
  • noble-metal free
  • oxygen reduction reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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