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The mechanism change by switching the reactants from water to hydroxyl ions for electrocatalytic water oxidation: a case study of copper oxide microspheres

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Abstract

Developing noble metal-free water oxidation catalysts is essential for many energy conversion/storage processes (e.g., water splitting). Herein, we report a facile synthesis of CuO microspheres composed of ultrathin, single-crystal-like nanosheets via a simple solution method. The as-obtained CuO microspheres can serve as an active and stable water oxidation catalyst under electrochemical reaction conditions, owing to their unique structural features. In electrochemical water oxidation, this catalyst affords a current density of 10 mA cm−2 (a value related to practical relevance) at an overpotential of ∼0.48 V. Pure CuO was reported as a water oxidation catalyst (WOC) from near-neutral conditions to alkalescent conditions. Electrochemistry values agree with the Nernstian behavior, suggesting ne/nH+ transfer prior to a chemical rate-determining step. Our results suggest that the delicate nanostructure can offer unique advantages for developing efficient water oxidation catalysts.

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The article was received on 06 Apr 2017, accepted on 09 May 2017 and first published on 12 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT01230F
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017, Advance Article
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    The mechanism change by switching the reactants from water to hydroxyl ions for electrocatalytic water oxidation: a case study of copper oxide microspheres

    X. Du, J. Huang and Y. Ding, Dalton Trans., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT01230F

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