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A 3D well-matched electrode pair of Ni–Co–S//Ni–Co–P nanoarrays grown on nickel foam as a high-performance electrocatalyst for water splitting

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Abstract

Seeking out new methodologies to assemble low-cost, highly efficient and stable oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalysts continues to be a great impetus and significant challenge for designing renewable energy systems. In this paper, brush-like Ni–Co–M (M = O, S, Se and P) samples on three-dimensional (3D) hierarchically porous nickel foams (NF) were synthesized via thermolysis, sulfuration, selenylation and phosphorization, respectively, of the Ni–Co–precursor under an Ar atmosphere. Ni–Co–S/NF demonstrated an overpotential of 270 mV@40 mA cm−2 toward the OER and Ni–Co–P/NF demonstrated one of 156 mV@10 mA cm−2 toward the HER in 1.0 M KOH electrolyte. What’s more, considering the beneficial superior activity of Ni–Co–S/NF for the OER and Ni–Co–P/NF for the HER, an electrode pairing of Ni–Co–SOER//Ni–Co–PHER was assembled for overall water splitting and the result was that only 1.57 V was needed to afford a current density of 20 mA cm−2. Ni–Co–S//Ni–Co–P also demonstrated long-term durability during a 20 h stability test without obvious deactivation in 1.0 M KOH. The novelty of choosing the highest activity catalyst for the OER and HER from Ni–Co–M (M = O, S, Se and P) to construct a well-matched electrode pair and thus enhance the overall water splitting performance presents a wide range of possibilities for the further development of earth-abundant and highly efficient electrode pairs.

Graphical abstract: A 3D well-matched electrode pair of Ni–Co–S//Ni–Co–P nanoarrays grown on nickel foam as a high-performance electrocatalyst for water splitting

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The article was received on 07 Apr 2018, accepted on 31 May 2018 and first published on 02 Jun 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA03163K
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 12506-12514
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    A 3D well-matched electrode pair of Ni–Co–S//Ni–Co–P nanoarrays grown on nickel foam as a high-performance electrocatalyst for water splitting

    Y. Gong, Z. Xu, H. Pan, Y. Lin, Z. Yang and J. Wang, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 12506
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TA03163K

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