Publication by Maxime Barbier & Thierry Ouisse

The article entitled "Scalable, inexpensive, one-pot, facile synthesis of crystalline two-dimensional birnessite flakes" has been published in Matter.
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Here you will find the article by Maxime Barbier and Thierry Ouisse:
"Synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) materials that is readily scalable, cost-effective, and eco-friendly is important from both scientific and industrial viewpoints. Currently, these 2D materials are synthesized either by selective etching of relatively expensive layered solids, viz. using a top-down approach, or by autoclaving metal salts/organic compounds. Herein, we describe a near-ambient, one-pot, inexpensive, scalable pathway to convert—through a bottom-up approach—5 different water-insoluble Mn-bearing precursors, viz. Mn3O4, Mn2O3, MnB, Mn5SiB2, and Mn2AlB2, into birnessite-based 2D flakes that, in some cases, are remarkably crystalline. The precursor powders are immersed in 25 wt % tetramethylammonium hydroxide aqueous solutions at 50°C to 80°C for 2 to 4 days. The structures, compositions, oxidation states, and morphologies of the synthesized flakes are determined using a battery of characterization techniques. The synthesized 2D sheets demonstrate reversible O2 electrocatalysis with activities comparable with those of a commercial Pt/C catalyst."