报告题目：Three-dimensional Graphene-Based Materials for Energy Electrocatalysis
The access to clean, affordable and reliable energy is the cornerstone of the world’s sustainable development and increasing prosperity. In spite of the giant progress in renewable sources, fossil fuels still account for over 80% share in today’s primary energy consumption; however, it lead to enormous greenhouse-gas emissions and intensifying climate changes since the industrial revolution.Advanced technologies that can utilize renewable sources, generate clean energy, and produce important chemical feedstocks without any fossil fuel consumption or carbon emission, are therefore of significant interest and urgency. Among various candidates, highly efficient electrocatalysis technologies for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals using abundant sources like water, air (O2, N2), CO2, and renewable electricity (from wind, solar, etc.) have attracted increasing attention recently. However, these technologies significantly suffer from the sluggish kinetics and poor selectivity of several key reactions, including oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), CO2 reduction reaction (CRR), and nitrogen reduction reaction (NRR). These limiting issues call for both fundamental and technical breakthroughs in developing highly active and selective electrocatalysts.
During the past few decades, graphene-based materials has drawn tremendous interest and witnessed remarkable achievements in energy electrocatalysis owing to their intriguing physiochemical properties and flexible tunability in nanostructures, surface chemistry, and performance. However, a significant gap still exists between reality and ideal owing to the limited quality, inevitable aggregation, and abundant interface in obtained 2D graphene nanomaterials. By directly constructing a 3D graphene framework with sp2 hybridization and hierarchical porosity, it will not only maintain the excellent intrinsic properties of 2D graphene in the macroscopic 3D structure, but also is expected to generate some novel properties and significantly improved performance. During the past few years, I have paid much effort on the design, synthesis, and application of 3D hierarchical porous graphene (hpG) materials targeted on energy electrocatalysis. The fundamental understanding of graphene growth behavior on metal oxides promotes the mechanism study and mass production of high-quality graphene for high-performance electrochemical energy applications. The versatile synthetic strategies and utilization concepts of 3D hpG materials offer new opportunities to deepen the understanding of the structure–function relationship of 3D graphene materials and remarkably enhance their performance in energy electrocatalysi. Furthermore, the verified 3D concept for various 2D materials opens up a new direction for all-round engineering of nanomaterials towards beneficial properties and high-performance application.
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