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A core-shell structured CoMoO 4•nH [email protected] 1-xFe xOOH nanocatalyst for electrochemical evolution of oxygen

Authors
  • Wang, Jiajun1
  • Yin, Hui1
  • Chen, Zhengjun1
  • Cao, Guoxuan1
  • Xu, Ning1
  • Wu, Hui2
  • Wang, Ping1
  • 1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Storage Materials of Guangdong Province, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, 510641, PR China
  • 2 NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, 20899-6102, USA
Type
Published Article
Journal
Electrochimica Acta
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
345
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2020.136125
PMID: 33654325
PMCID: PMC7919749
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

Nickel-iron oxyhydroxide (Ni1-xFexOOH) is well recognized as the best-performing oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst in alkaline electrolytes, however its analogue cobalt-iron oxyhydroxide (Co1-xFexOOH) is surprisingly less explored despite their structural similarity. Inspired by our recent study on high-performance HER catalyst using the nanostructured CoMoO4•nH2O precursor, herein, we report a facile synthesis of Co1-xFexOOH catalyst derived from the same precursor and its excellent electrocatalytic properties towards the OER in alkaline electrolytes. A core-shell structured nanocatalyst consisting of disordered Co1-xFexOOH layer over the surface of crystalline CoMoO4•nH2O nanosheets was synthesized using a simple hydrothermal method followed by anodic electrooxidation. Thus-prepared catalyst exhibited extraordinarily high and stable activity towards the OER in alkaline electrolyte, which outperformed most Co-based OER catalysts. Combined with the HER catalyst derived from the same CoMoO4•nH2O precursor as the cathode, we further developed and tested a simple water-splitting cell, which significantly surpasses the benchmarking IrO2–Pt/C couple (1.63 V) and requires a voltage of only 1.517 V to afford 10 mA cm−2 in 1.0 M KOH solution. Density functional theory calculations were conducted to gain insight into the Fe-doping induced improvement of OER activity.

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