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Spectroscopic Identification of Active Sites of Oxygen‐Doped Carbon for Selective Oxygen Reduction to Hydrogen Peroxide

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The electrochemical synthesis of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) via a two-electron (2e-) oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) process provides a promising alternative to replace the energy-intensive anthraquinone process. However, the development of efficient electrocatalysts is still facing lots of challenges like insufficient understanding of active sites. Herein, we develop a facile template-protected strategy to synthesize a highly active quinone-rich porous carbon catalyst (PCC) for H2O2 electrochemical production. The optimized PCC900 exhibits unprecedented activity and selectivity, of which the onset potential reaches 0.83 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode in 0.1 M KOH and the H2O2 selectivity is over 95 % in a wide potential range. Comprehensive synchrotron-based near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy combined with electrocatalytic characterizations reveals the positive correlation between quinone content and 2e- ORR performance. The effectiveness of chair-form quinone groups as the most efficient active sites is highlighted by the molecule-mimic strategy and theoretical analysis.

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