Water electrolysis for green hydrogen production is gaining tremendous attention in the quest towards sustainable energy sources. At the heart of water splitting technology are the electrocatalysts, which facilitate the two half-cell reactions, i.e., the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER), with the latter being the most thermodynamically uphill. Herein, we managed to fabricate Ni1-xFexO microflowers (μFs) with varying % of Fe doping (0 < x < 0.36) via an easy chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. The as-synthesized μFs drop-casted on graphene paper (GP) are then applied as electrocatalysts for OER. Compared to contrast catalysts, the electrocatalyst with xFe = 0.1 exhibits a lower overpotential of 297 mV at a current density of 10 mA cm−2, Tafel slope of 44 mV dec−1 and unprecedented turnover frequency of 4.6 s−1 at 300 mV. It is believed that this remarkable electrochemical performance mainly stems from the synergistic effects of Ni and Fe species, working in harmony to enhance charge transfer kinetics and intrinsic activity of the catalyst. This work provides a promising avenue for developing cost-effective and highly active electrocatalysts as advanced electrodes for energy related applications.

Composition-controlled chemical bath deposition of Fe-doped NiO microflowers for boosting oxygen evolution reaction

Battiato S.
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Pellegrino A. L.;Pollicino A.;Terrasi A.;Mirabella S.
2023-01-01

Abstract

Water electrolysis for green hydrogen production is gaining tremendous attention in the quest towards sustainable energy sources. At the heart of water splitting technology are the electrocatalysts, which facilitate the two half-cell reactions, i.e., the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER), with the latter being the most thermodynamically uphill. Herein, we managed to fabricate Ni1-xFexO microflowers (μFs) with varying % of Fe doping (0 < x < 0.36) via an easy chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. The as-synthesized μFs drop-casted on graphene paper (GP) are then applied as electrocatalysts for OER. Compared to contrast catalysts, the electrocatalyst with xFe = 0.1 exhibits a lower overpotential of 297 mV at a current density of 10 mA cm−2, Tafel slope of 44 mV dec−1 and unprecedented turnover frequency of 4.6 s−1 at 300 mV. It is believed that this remarkable electrochemical performance mainly stems from the synergistic effects of Ni and Fe species, working in harmony to enhance charge transfer kinetics and intrinsic activity of the catalyst. This work provides a promising avenue for developing cost-effective and highly active electrocatalysts as advanced electrodes for energy related applications.
2023
Chemical bath deposition
Electrocatalysts
Energy conversion
Fe-doped nickel oxide
Oxygen evolution reaction
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