An electrode for reduction of an oxidant including a phosphorus-doped carbon-containing catalyst represented by the chemical formula CN.sub.xP.sub.y, where x is from 0 to about 10 wt. % and y is from about 1 ppm to about 10 wt. %. A device for producing electricity by facilitating an electrochemical reaction between a fuel and an oxidant. The device including a first electrode for oxidizing the fuel to produce protons and electrons. The device further includes a second electrode in electrical communication with the first electrode when electrically connected to the external circuit. The second electrode includes a phosphorus-doped carbon-containing catalyst for reducing the oxidant and is represented by the chemical formula CN.sub.xP.sub.y, where x is from 0 to about 10 wt. % and y is from about 1 ppm to about 10 wt. %. The device further includes an electrolyte, such as, a membrane, separating the first electrode from the second electrode.
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT
Embodiments of the invention disclosed in this application may have been developed with the use of research grant/contract funds under Basic Energy Sciences Contract No. GE-FG02-07ER15896, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.