Template-assisted synthesis of single-atom catalysts supported on highly crystalline vanadium pentoxide for stable oxygen evolution

Chulmin Youn, Seoyoon Shin, Kihyun Shin, Chanhoon Kim, Chae Lin Park, Joonmyung Choi, Shi Hyeong Kim, Sang Young Yeo, Moo Whan Shin, Graeme Henkelman, Ki Ro Yoon

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


Single-atom catalysts (SACs) have drawn considerable attention due to their maximum atomic catalyst utilization, unique electronic properties, and high cost efficiency, but they tend to aggregate during synthesis, and corrosive carbonaceous supports gradually degrade their original performance. Herein, we develop a template-assisted synthesis of Co SACs anchored on highly crystalline V2O5·nH2O nanobelts (CoVO NBs) for achieving highly stable oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The Co sites on oxide supports weaken the binding energy of reaction intermediates and work as active reaction sites. Even though the partial leaching of V4+ ions was observed during electrocatalysis, the remaining Co moieties helped to maintain high OER activity and exceptional durability, with initial overpotentials of 428 and 374 mV observed at 10 mA cm−2 in 0.1 and 1 M KOH, respectively. Furthermore, zinc (Zn)–air cells with CoVO30 NBs displayed a small initial charge-discharge polarization gap (0.78 V) and high cycling performance up to 450 h.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1191-1210
Number of pages20
JournalChem Catalysis
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May 19

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government ( MSIT ) (no. 2019R1F1A1044908 ). Computational work at UT Austin was supported by the Welch Foundation ( F-1841 ) and the Texas Advanced Computing Center .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Elsevier Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Template-assisted synthesis of single-atom catalysts supported on highly crystalline vanadium pentoxide for stable oxygen evolution'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this