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Coupling pentlandite nanoparticles and dual-doped carbon networks to yield efficient and stable electrocatalysts for acid water oxidation

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The ability to develop low-cost electrocatalysts with high efficiency and strong stability for acid oxygen evolution reactions (OER) will enable commercial applications of powerful proton exchange membranes (PEM) in water splitting devices. However, this remains challenging because most nonprecious metal-based electrocatalysts suffer from strong corrosion in acid media. Herein, we crafted porous N, S-doped carbon network-immobilized ultrafine pentlandites (i.e., Ni4Fe5S8) nanoparticles (denoted P-NSC/Ni4Fe5S8-1000) by employing rationally designed nanohybrids comprised of liquid polymer-coated binary Prussian blue analogue (PBA) nanoparticles (NPs) as precursors. Afterwards, the P-NSC/Ni4Fe5S8-1000 nanocomposites were exploited as OER electrocatalysts, with a small onset potential of 1.53 V vs. RHE (1 mA cm−2) and strong stability in 0.5 M H2SO4 solution, outperforming commercial RuO2 electrocatalysts. As revealed by both experimental results and DFT calculations, there is a synergy effect on the P-NSC/Ni4Fe5S8-1000 for OER: the pyridinic-N, S doped carbon could easily adsorb water, and then the highly active Fe sites of Ni4Fe5S8 NPs could catalyze the absorbed water to oxygen gas. Furthermore, the hierarchically porous nanostructure could promote multiphase transport during acid OER. Therefore, this work, for the first time, highlighted the great potential of pentlandites NPs-based nanocomposites as efficient and stable electrocatalysts for acid OER.

Graphical abstract: Coupling pentlandite nanoparticles and dual-doped carbon networks to yield efficient and stable electrocatalysts for acid water oxidation

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The article was received on 02 Oct 2018, accepted on 22 Nov 2018 and first published on 23 Nov 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA09534E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, Advance Article
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    Coupling pentlandite nanoparticles and dual-doped carbon networks to yield efficient and stable electrocatalysts for acid water oxidation

    Q. Hu, G. Li, X. Liu, B. Zhu, G. Li, L. Fan, X. Chai, Q. Zhang, J. Liu and C. He, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8TA09534E

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