Wrapping Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes with Anatase Titanium Oxide for the Electrosynthesis of Glycolic Acid

Jun Yang, Junfang Cheng, Jie Tao, Manabu Higashi, Miho Yamauchi, Naotoshi Nakashima

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Abstract

The construction of an efficient electrocatalyst is of significant importance for electrochemical devices. In this study, a facile preparation method is developed to wrap pristine multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) by an anatase TiO2 layer with the assistance of pyridine-based polybenzimidazole (PyPBI) The factors dominating the morphology of the obtained MWNT/PyPBY/TiO2 products, involving the employment of PyPBI and the post-treatment method, are investigated in detail. Furthermore, a self-standing electrode film is prepared via a filtration route. The electrode film is composed of a MWNT/PyPBI/TiO2 catalyst layer and a MWNT current collecting layer. The resultant electrocatalysts and electrode film with the MWNT/PyPBI/TiO2 catalyst are evaluated for the electroreduction of oxalic acid (OX) to glycolic acid (GC). By using the optimized electrode film with the MWNT/PyPBI/TiO2 catalyst, the conversion rate of OX and the selectivity of GC reach 51.2% and 38.7%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6360-6367
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Nano Materials
Volume2
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct 25
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • anatase TiO
  • electro-synthesis of glycolic acid
  • electroreduction of oxalic acid
  • multiwalled carbon nanotube
  • polymer-wrapped carbon nanotubes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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