A review of approaches for the design of high-performance metal/graphene electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications

  • Liu, Jiamin (Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemistry, MOE Key Laboratory of Natural Resources of the Changbai Mountain and Functional Molecules, Yanbian University) ;
  • Choi, Hyoung Jin (Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Inha University) ;
  • Meng, Long-Yue (Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemistry, MOE Key Laboratory of Natural Resources of the Changbai Mountain and Functional Molecules, Yanbian University)
  • Received : 2017.11.26
  • Accepted : 2018.02.10
  • Published : 2018.08.25


Metal/graphene electrocatalysts have attracted growing attention in recent years due to their high catalyst loadings, good activity, and high stabilities. In this review, we summarize various approaches towards improving the efficiencies of metal/graphene electrocatalysts in terms of both cost and performance, based on optimization of the graphene support and the metal catalyst particles themselves. Thus, four different approaches are examined: (1) increasing the catalyst/support binding energy, (2) inducing additional anchoring and active sites, (3) enlarging the effective catalyst surface areas, and (4) enhancing the intrinsic catalytic activity through modification of the electronic structure. Finally, remarks on necessary future work in this area will be given in the context of producing metal/graphene electrocatalysts better suited to fuel cell applications.


Supported by : National Natural Science Foundation of China


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