One-dimensional carbon based nanoreactor fabrication by electrospinning for sustainable catalysis

Owing to the synergy between highly dispersed active sites and particular substrates with the one-dimensional nanostructure, fibrous carbon-based nanoreactors have exhibited fascinating electrocatalytic performance in electrochemical reactions. Therefore, one-dimensional fibrous carbon-based nanoreactors from the electrospun fabrication process have been used in catalyzing oxygen reduction reaction, oxygen evolution reaction, and hydrogen evolution reaction electrochemical reactions.


An efficient and economical electrocatalyst as kinetic support is key to electrochemical reactions. For this reason, chemists have been working to investigate the basic changing of chemical principles when the system is confined in limited space with nanometer-scale dimensions or sub-microliter volumes. Inspired by biological research, the design and construction of a closed reaction environment, namely the reactor, has attracted more and more interest in chemistry, biology, and materials science. In particular, nanoreactors became a high-profile rising star and different types of nanoreactors have been fabricated. Compared with the traditional particle nanoreactor, the one-dimensional (1D) carbon-based nanoreactor prepared by the electrospinning process has better electrolyte diffusion, charge transfer capabilities, and outstanding catalytic activity and selectivity than the traditional particle catalyst which has great application potential in various electrochemical catalytic reactions.

Author list:

Fagui He, Yiyan Wang, Jian Liu*, Xiangdong Yao*

How to cite:

F. He, Y. Wang, J. Liu, X. Yao, Exploration 2023, 20220164.