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Atomically-thin non-layered cobalt oxide porous sheets for highly efficient oxygen-evolving electrocatalysts

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Abstract

Water electrolysis for hydrogen production requires better catalysts to lower the kinetic barrier of the oxygen evolution reaction. Herein, conceptually-new, noble-metal-free, porous, atomically-thick sheets are first put forward as an excellent platform to promote the oxygen evolution activity through affording abundant catalytically active sites and enhanced two-dimensional conductivity. As an example, the synthetic porous Co3O4 atomically-thick sheets with a thickness of 0.43 nm and about 30% pore occupancy afford low-coordinated Co3+ atoms to serve as the catalytically active sites, while the obviously increased density of states at the valence band and conduction band edge facilitate fast electron transport along their two-dimensional conducting paths. As a result, the porous, atomically-thick Co3O4 sheets exhibit an electrocatalytic current up to 341.7 mA cm−2, roughly 50-times larger than that of the bulk counterpart and even more strikingly higher than that of most existing reports under similar conditions. This work holds great promise for triggering breakthroughs in the field of electrocatalysis.

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The article was received on 22 Feb 2014, accepted on 03 Apr 2014 and first published on 04 Apr 2014


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4SC00565A
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2014,5, 3976-3982
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    Atomically-thin non-layered cobalt oxide porous sheets for highly efficient oxygen-evolving electrocatalysts

    Y. Sun, S. Gao, F. Lei, J. Liu, L. Liang and Y. Xie, Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 3976
    DOI: 10.1039/C4SC00565A

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