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Formation of cobalt phosphide nanodisks as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for enhanced water splitting

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Exploring efficient and cheap electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is crucial for water splitting. Herein, novel porous disk-like nanostructured CoP (CoP NDs) were synthesized by a facile strategy involving precipitation, ammonia-etching and phosphidation steps. Endowed with abundant catalytically active sites and enriched nanoporosity, the CoP NDs show excellent bifunctional catalytic performances toward both HER and OER, which are comparable and even superior to those of the recently reported noble-metal-free electrocatalysts. Consequently, an efficent water electrolyzer composed of two symmetrical CoP ND electrodes can afford a current density of 10 mA cm−2 at a cell voltage of 1.62 V.

Graphical abstract: Formation of cobalt phosphide nanodisks as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for enhanced water splitting

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Submitted
10 Jan 2020
Accepted
11 Feb 2020
First published
12 Feb 2020

Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2020,4, 1616-1620
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Communication

Formation of cobalt phosphide nanodisks as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for enhanced water splitting

L. Ji, H. Zheng, Y. Wei, Y. Fang, J. Du, T. Wang and S. Wang, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2020, 4, 1616
DOI: 10.1039/D0SE00054J

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