There is an urgent need to develop renewable sources of energy and use existing resources in an efficient manner. In this study, in order to improve the utilization of unused biomass and develop green processes and sustainable technologies for energy production and storage, unused Douglas fir sawdust (SD) was transformed into catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction. Fe and N were doped into SD during hydrothermal carbonization, and the N- and Fe-doped wood-derived carbon (Fe/N/SD) was carbonized in a nitrogen atmosphere. After the catalyst had been calcined at 800°C, its showed the highest current density (-5.86 mAcm -2 at 0.5 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode or RHE) and E onset value (0.913 V versus RHE). Furthermore, its current density was higher than that of Pt/C (20 wt% Pt) (-5.66 mA cm -2 @0.5 V versus RHE). Finally, after 50 000 s, the current density of sample Fe/N/SD (2: 10: 10) remained at 79.3% of the initial value. Thus, the synthesized catalysts, which can be produced readily at a low cost, are suitable for use in various types of energy generation and storage devices, such as fuel cells and air batteries. This article is part of the theme issue 'Bio-derived and bioinspired sustainable advanced materials for emerging technologies (part 2)'.
|Journal||Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2021 Nov 1|