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Interfacial Electron Transfer of Heterostructure MIL-88A/Ni(OH)2 Enhances Oxygen Evolution Reactions in Alkaline Solutions

Abstract

Developing earth-abundant, efficient and durable electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is of great significance for sustainable energy storage and conversion devices such as water splitting, metal air batteries. In this study, MIL-88A/Ni(OH)2 heterostructure was directly grown on carbon cloth (denoted as MIL-88A/Ni(OH)2-CC) for the first time by using a generic two-step hydrothermal method. The results showed that using carbon cloth as three-dimensional self-supporting electrode could improve the conductivity of the catalyst, while the edges of the Ni(OH)2 layer can provide abundant active sites to synergistically boost the OER performance with MIL-88A. Impressively, the as-prepared MIL-88A/Ni(OH)2-CC catalyst delivers a current density of 10 mA cm-2 at low overpotentials of 250 mV in 1 M KOH and 352 mV in 0.1 M KOH, exhibiting small Tafel slope values of 36.4 mV dec-1 in 1 M KOH and 46.1 mV dec-1 in 0.1 M KOH, respectively. The MIL-88A/Ni(OH)2-CC catalyst also demonstrates a long-lasting stability superior to the RuO2/CC catalyst for OER. Such intriguing OER properties can be attribiuted to the unique heterostructure at the interface between MIL-88A and Ni(OH)2, while density functional theory calculations also confirm that OH- has very low adsorption energy at the interface of the heterostructure

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Submitted
23 Nov 2019
Accepted
13 Jan 2020
First published
15 Jan 2020

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, Accepted Manuscript
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Interfacial Electron Transfer of Heterostructure MIL-88A/Ni(OH)2 Enhances Oxygen Evolution Reactions in Alkaline Solutions

Z. Qian, K. Wang, K. Shi, Z. Fu, Z. Mai, X. Wang, Z. Tang and Y. Tian, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C9TA12865D

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