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MnCo2O4 preparation by microwave-assisted route synthesis (MARS) and the effect of carbon admixture
KTH, Superseded Departments, Chemical Engineering and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6212-4194
2003 (English)In: Chemistry of Materials, ISSN 0897-4756, E-ISSN 1520-5002, Vol. 15, no 26, 4974-4979 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Catalyst spinel MnCo2O4 with particle size <30 nm was prepared by a novel microwave-assisted route. To determine the optimal amount of carbon needed as a microwave susceptor, varying amounts of amorphous carbon powder (7-26 wt %) were mixed with the aqueous solutions of Mn- and Co-nitrates. After heat treatment at 200degreesC in a conventional oven, the mixtures were heat-treated in a microwave oven (2.45 GHz) at a power of 350 W. The effect of the carbon amount on the formation and properties of the catalysts was studied. In this production method, 13 wt % of carbon was found to be the minimum needed for spinel MnCo2O4 formation. Most of the carbon was oxidized during the microwave treatment. When the carbon content in the nitrate-carbon mixture was increased beyond 13 wt %, the carbon content and the specific surface area of the final catalyst started to decrease. However, the carbon amount of 18 wt % in the initial nitrate-carbon mixture was found to be the most preferable when considering the catalytic activity of the spinel toward oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline electrolyte.

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2003. Vol. 15, no 26, 4974-4979 p.
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heterogeneous catalytic reactions, graphite air electrodes, alkaline fuel-cell, oxygen reduction, oxides, co
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-23057DOI: 10.1021/cm031093xISI: 000187633100015OAI: diva2:341755
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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