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Issue 2, 2019
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Energy level engineering in transition-metal doped spinel-structured nanosheets for efficient overall water splitting

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Abstract

Unraveling the role of transition-metal doping in affecting the native spinel-structured nanosheets' water splitting remains a grand challenge. In this work, a series of spinel-structured nanosheets wrapped hollow nitrogen-doped carbon polyhedrons were constructed, and doped transition-metal domains were deliberately introduced on the surface. Theoretical investigations show that their energy level can be finely tuned via direct transition-metal doping engineering. As a prototype, an Fe-doped NiCo2O4 nanosheets wrapped hollow nitrogen-doped carbon polyhedron (Fe–NiCo2O4@HNCP) exhibits outstanding bifunctional electrocatalytic performances with low overpotentials (η = 270 mV for OER, η = 84 mV for HER), low Tafel slopes (b = 42 mV dec−1 for OER, b = 47 mV dec−1 for HER), and high durability. The enhanced performance is attributed to the synergistic effects of energy level matching for electron transfer, and partial charge delocalization-induced rich active sites for reactant adsorption via thermodynamic and kinetic acceleration. This work may open a new pathway to design highly active and stable transition-metal doped electrocatalysts by manipulated energy levels for efficient overall water splitting.

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The article was received on 22 Oct 2018, accepted on 03 Dec 2018 and first published on 05 Dec 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA10162K
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019,7, 827-833

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    Energy level engineering in transition-metal doped spinel-structured nanosheets for efficient overall water splitting

    F. Lai, J. Feng, X. Ye, W. Zong, G. He, Y. Miao, X. Han, X. Y. Ling, I. P. Parkin, B. Pan, Y. Sun and T. Liu, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, 7, 827
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TA10162K

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