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Surface engineering of FeCo-based electrocatalysts supported on carbon paper by incorporating non-noble metals for water oxidation

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Abstract

Designing cost-effective, highly efficient and stable electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction is of paramount importance. Although extensive studies have focused on the relatively cheaper 3d transition metal oxide catalysts, the effect of trimetallic composites on the catalytic ability still remains elusive. Herein, we selected FeCo catalyst as the platform and investigated the catalytic activity of trimetallic composites, which were synthesized by incorporating Mo, W or Ni into the FeCo catalyst. The experimental results evidenced that FeCoMo/CP exhibited high catalytic activity towards water oxidation in alkaline solution, which required an overpotential of only ∼270 mV. Such impressive catalytic performance of FeCoMo/CP can be attributed to the fact that the introduction of Mo appreciably modulated the electronic structure of the Fe and Co centers, leading to an enhancement in intrinsic active sites. Benefiting from the tight contact with the highly conductive carbon paper substrate, FeCoMo/CP showed excellent stability up to 120 h. These results indicate that the surface engineering of FeCo-based catalysts by incorporating non-noble metals is a rational strategy to promote the performance of electrocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Surface engineering of FeCo-based electrocatalysts supported on carbon paper by incorporating non-noble metals for water oxidation

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The article was received on 13 Dec 2017, accepted on 29 Mar 2018 and first published on 03 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ04941B
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 7254-7261
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    Surface engineering of FeCo-based electrocatalysts supported on carbon paper by incorporating non-noble metals for water oxidation

    H. Zhang, J. Zheng, Y. Chao, K. Zhang and Z. Zhu, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 7254
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ04941B

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