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Ni-foam supported Co(OH)F and Co–P nanoarrays for energy-efficient hydrogen production via urea electrolysis

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It is an urgent requirement to develop non-precious metal-based catalysts with excellent electrocatalytic activity and stability to accelerate the development of hydrogen generation via energy-efficient routes. Herein, a facile and scalable strategy was developed to synthesize both rod-like Co(OH)F and Co–P nanoarrays supported on Ni-foam, denoted as Co(OH)F/NF and Co–P/NF, respectively. Electrochemical measurements demonstrate that Co–P/NF exhibits excellent electrocatalytic performance for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), delivering a low overpotential of 70 mV and 43 mV at 10 mA cm−2 in alkaline and acid media, respectively. Furthermore, the as-prepared Co(OH)F/NF contributes to an outstanding oxygen evolution reaction (OER) performance with a low oxidation potential of about 1.5 V at 10 mA cm−2. In addition, the Co(OH)F/NF also can enable highly efficient urea oxidation reaction (UOR) electrocatalysis, which can be utilized to substitute OER to lower the overpotential and thus reduce electrical energy consumption during H2-production. As a proof of concept, full water-splitting measurements were performed with Co–P/NF and Co(OH)F/NF as cathode and anode, respectively, in 1 M KOH with 0.7 M urea. The Co–P/NF‖Co(OH)F/NF electrode is capable of producing a current density of 20 mA cm−2 at a cell potential of only 1.42 V, which is 230 mV less than that for the urea-free counterpart, demonstrating its potential feasibility in practical applications of energy-efficient hydrogen production.

Graphical abstract: Ni-foam supported Co(OH)F and Co–P nanoarrays for energy-efficient hydrogen production via urea electrolysis

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The article was received on 15 Nov 2018, accepted on 18 Jan 2019 and first published on 18 Jan 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA10985K
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019,7, 3697-3703

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    Ni-foam supported Co(OH)F and Co–P nanoarrays for energy-efficient hydrogen production via urea electrolysis

    M. Song, Z. Zhang, Q. Li, W. Jin, Z. Wu, G. Fu and X. Liu, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, 7, 3697
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TA10985K

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