NiCo2S4 nanowires array as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for full water splitting with superior activity†
The present communication reports the topotactic conversion of NiCo2O4 nanowires array on carbon cloth (NiCo2O4 NA/CC) into NiCo2S4 NA/CC, which is used as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting with good durability and superior activity in 1.0 M KOH. This NiCo2S4 NA/CC electrode produces 100 mA cm−2 at an overpotential of 305 mV for hydrogen evolution and 100 mA cm−2 at an overpotential of 340 mV for oxygen evolution. To afford a 10 mA cm−2 water-splitting current, the alkaline water electrolyzer made from NiCo2S4 NA/CC needs a cell voltage of 1.68 V, which is 300 mV less than that for NiCo2O4 NA/CC, and has good stability.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Nanomaterials for catalysis