Highly active epitaxial La(1-x)SrxMnO3 surfaces for the oxygen reduction reaction: Role of charge transfer

Kelsey A. Stoerzinger, Weiming Lü, Changjian Li, Ariando, T. Venkatesan, Yang Shao-Horn

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Abstract

Most studies of oxide catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) use oxide powder, where the heterogeneity of exposed surfaces and the composite nature of electrodes limit fundamental understanding of the reaction mechanism. We present the ORR activity of epitaxially oriented La(1-x)SrxMnO3 surfaces and investigate, by varying Sr substitution, the relationship between the role of charge transfer and catalytic activity in an alkaline environment. The activity is greatest for La(1-x)SrxMnO3 with 33% Sr, containing mixed Mn3+/4+, and the (110) and (111) orientations display comparable activities to that of the (001). Electrochemical measurements using the facile redox couple [Fe(CN)6]3-/4- illustrate that increasing ORR activity trends with faster charge-transfer kinetics, indicating the importance of facile charge transfer at the oxide/water interface and mixed Mn valence in promoting ORR kinetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1435-1440
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Volume6
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 16 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • alkaline
  • charge transfer
  • electrocatalysis
  • manganites
  • oxygen reduction
  • thin films

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