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Coupling Ag-doping and rich oxygen vacancies in mesoporous NiCoO nanorods supported on nickel foam for highly efficient oxygen evolution

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Abstract

A crucial challenge still remains in the development of efficient and stable electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) with desirable conductivity, a high surface area and rich oxygen vacancies. Herein, a type of Ag-doped mesoporous NiCoO nanorod with rich oxygen vacancies (NiCoO@Ag40/NF-Ar) for OER is prepared via an electrodeposition-hydrothermal reaction and the subsequent annealing treatment process under an Ar atmosphere. The electrodeposited Ag film is found to direct the uniform growth of the nanowire arrays of NiCo hydroxide precursors compared to the nanoparticles of NiCo hydroxide in the absence of the Ag film. Interestingly, the addition of C2H8N2 (EN) during the electrodeposition of the Ag film and the subsequent calcination under an Ar atmosphere collectively contribute to the formation of mesoporous nanorod structures and rich oxygen vacancies. The calcined NiCoO in air mainly have the Co3O4 phase, implying that it has fewer oxygen vacancies and weak activity for OER. The high surface area and one-dimensional feature of mesoporous nanorods are responsible for the increased exposure of active sites and fast charge transport behavior. Moreover, Ag doping can also improve the conductivity of NiCoO nanorods. NiCoO@Ag40/NF-Ar exhibits a highly efficient activity for OER with a current density of 140 mA cm−2 at an overpotential of 370 mV and a remarkable stability. The suitable Ar annealing treatment coupling Ag films and oxygen vacancies into transition metal oxide precursors may be a facile and promising method for constructing mesoporous nanostructures with rich oxygen vacancies for efficient water oxidation.

Graphical abstract: Coupling Ag-doping and rich oxygen vacancies in mesoporous NiCoO nanorods supported on nickel foam for highly efficient oxygen evolution

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The article was received on 12 Jul 2017, accepted on 25 Aug 2017 and first published on 28 Aug 2017


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QI00407A
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017,4, 1783-1790
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    Coupling Ag-doping and rich oxygen vacancies in mesoporous NiCoO nanorods supported on nickel foam for highly efficient oxygen evolution

    K. Yan, J. Chi, Z. Liu, B. Dong, S. Lu, X. Shang, W. Gao, Y. Chai and C. Liu, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 1783
    DOI: 10.1039/C7QI00407A

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