A one-pot carbon-coating-ex-solution route to efficient Ru-MnO@C nanowire electrocatalysts with enhanced interfacial interactions

So Yeon Yun, Xiaoyan Jin, Seong Ju Hwang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


The immobilization of metal nanoclusters in an inorganic matrix has attracted intense research interest because of its usefulness in exploring highly efficient electrocatalyst materials. In this study, a novel one-pot carbon-coating-ex-solution route to robust high-performance electrocatalysts of metal-nanocluster-embedded carbon-coated inorganic nanostructures was developed by the C2H2 treatment of metal-substituted MnO2 nanowires at elevated temperatures. The calcination of Ru-substituted Mn1-xRuxO2 nanowires under a flow of C2H2/Ar led not only to the simultaneous carbon coating and reductive formation of MnO, but also to the ex-solution embedding of Ru nanoclusters between the MnO substrate and the coated carbon layers. The resulting Ru-embedded Ru-MnO@C nanowires showed a promising electrocatalytic performance with an improved stability for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), and this performance was superior to those of Ru-deposited Ru-MnO@C nanowires, Ru-free MnO@C nanowires, and Mn1-xRuxO2 nanowires. The Ru-MnO@C nanowires possessed an excellent electrochemical stability due to the formation of strong interfacial Ru4+-O-Mn2+ bonding and the promoted crystallization of the tight graphitic carbon layer by Ru anchoring. Furthermore, in situ surface-enhanced Raman scattering and electron paramagnetic resonance analyses provided strong evidence for the improved interfacial charge transfer kinetics and enhanced electron injection from MnO to the Ru nanoclusters. This is responsible for the beneficial effect of the simultaneous carbon-coating-ex-solution process on the HER electrocatalyst functionality.

Original languageEnglish
Article number136816
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2022


  • Electrocatalyst
  • Hydrogen evolution reaction
  • Interfacial chemical bonding
  • Metal nanocluster embedding
  • One-pot carbon-coating-ex-solution route


Dive into the research topics of 'A one-pot carbon-coating-ex-solution route to efficient Ru-MnO@C nanowire electrocatalysts with enhanced interfacial interactions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this