An effective chemical way to optimize the oxygen electrocatalyst and Li-O2 electrode functionalities of metal oxide can be developed by the control of chemical bond nature with the surface anchoring of highly oxidized selenate (SeO4 2−) clusters. The bond competition between (Se6+−O) and (Mn−O) bonds is quite effective in stabilizing Jahn–Teller-active Mn3+ state and in increasing oxygen electron density of α-MnO2 nanowire (NW). The selenate-anchored α-MnO2 NW shows excellent oxygen electrocatalytic activity and electrode performance for Li-O2 batteries, which is due to the improved charge transfer kinetics and reversible formation/decomposition of Li2O2. The present study underscores that the surface anchoring of highly oxidized cluster can provide a facile, effective way of improving the oxygen electrocatalyst and electrochemical performances of nanostructured metal oxide in Li-O2 cells.
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