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SCIENCE CHINA Materials, Volume 62, Issue 8: 1096-1104(2019) https://doi.org/10.1007/s40843-019-9413-5

Pt embedded Ni3Se2@NiOOH core-shell dendrite-like nanoarrays on nickel foam as bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting

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  • ReceivedJan 25, 2019
  • AcceptedMar 11, 2019
  • PublishedApr 4, 2019

Abstract

Developing high-performance bifunctional catalysts toward hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is essential to enhance water splitting efficiency for large-scale hydrogen production. Neither noble metal Pt nor transition metal compounds show satisfactory performances for both HER and OER simultaneously. Here, we prepared a three-dimensional Pt-Ni3Se2@NiOOH/NF (PNOF) hybrid catalyst via in-situ growth strategy. Benefitting from the self-supported structure and oxygen vacancies on the surface of NiOOH nanosheets, the PNOF electrode shows remarkably catalytic performance for dual HER and OER. The overall water electrolyzer using PNOF as anode and cathode can achieve a current density of 10 mA cm−2 at a low voltage of 1.52 V with excellent long-term stability, which is superior to precious metal catalysts of Pt/C and Ir/C. This study provides a promising strategy for preparing bifunctional catalysts with high performance.


Funded by

the National Natural Science Foundation of China(51804216,51472178,U1601216)

Tianjin Natural Science Foundation(16JCYBJC17600)

Shen-zhen Science and Technology Foundation(JCYJ20170307145703486)

respectively.


Acknowledgment

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51804216, 51472178 and U1601216), Tianjin Natural Science Foundation (16JCYBJC17600) and Shen-zhen Science and Technology Foundation (JCYJ20170307145703486). The authors would also like to express gratitude to Ms. Jinfeng Zhang and Ms. Jing Mao for their assistance in TEM and EDS analysis, respectively.


Interest statement

The authors declare no competing financial interest.


Contributions statement

Zheng X and Hu W designed and engineered the samples; Cao Y and Han X performed the experiments; Liu H, Wang J and Zhong C performed the data analysis; Zhang Z and Wu X helped analyze the results; Zheng X and Deng Y wrote the manuscript. All authors contributed to the general discussion.


Author information

Xuerong Zheng is a PhD student in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Tianjin University. His recent research interest focuses on the development of electrochemical metallurgy methods for preparing micro/nano- structured materials for electrochemical and electrocatalysis applications.


Yida Deng is a Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University. He received his PhD degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2006. His research interest includes metal and metal oxide nanostructures for electrochemical and energy applications.


Supplement

Supplementary information

EDS, SEM and TEM images of PNOF, NOF and Ni3Se2/NF catalysts, calculation of double-layer capacitance, characterization and activity of the catalysts, etc., are available in the online version of this paper.


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