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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 357196, 9 pages
Review Article

Three-Dimensional Graphene-Based Nanomaterials as Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

1Shanxi Research Institute of Applied Chemistry, Taiyuan 030027, China
2Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University, 6th Street and Canton Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA
3Institute of Advanced Energy Technology and Equipment, Hefei University of Technology, 193rd Tunxi Road, Hefei 230009, China

Received 14 May 2015; Accepted 15 July 2015

Academic Editor: Nay Ming Huang

Copyright © 2015 Xuan Ji et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In recent years, three-dimensional (3D) graphene-based nanomaterials have been demonstrated to be efficient and promising electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cells application. This review summarizes and categorizes the recent progress on the preparation and performance of these novel materials as ORR catalysts, including heteroatom-doped 3D graphene network, metal-free 3D graphene-based nanocomposites, nonprecious metal-containing 3D graphene-based nanocomposites, and precious metal-containing 3D graphene-based nanocomposites. The challenges and future perspective of this field are also discussed.