Copper-Modified Covalent Triazine Frameworks as Non-Noble-Metal Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction

Kazuyuki Iwase, Tatsuro Yoshioka, Shuji Nakanishi, Kazuhito Hashimoto, Kazuhide Kamiya

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The electrochemical oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is an important cathode reaction of various types of fuel cells. The development of electrocatalysts composed only of abundant elements is a key goal because currently only platinum is a suitable catalyst for ORR. Herein, we synthesized copper-modified covalent triazine frameworks (CTF) hybridized with carbon nanoparticles (Cu-CTF/CPs) as efficient electrocatalysts for the ORR in neutral solutions. The ORR onset potential of the synthesized Cu-CTF/CP was 810 mV versus the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE; pH 7), the highest reported value at neutral pH for synthetic Cu-based electrocatalysts. Cu-CTF/CP also displayed higher stability than a Cu-based molecular complex at neutral pH during the ORR, a property that was likely as a result of the covalently cross-linked structure of CTF. This work may provide a new platform for the synthesis of durable non-noble-metal electrocatalysts for various target reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11068-11072
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 14


  • copper
  • electrocatalysis
  • fuel cells
  • nanostructures
  • oxygen reduction


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