Effect of the solvent ratio (ethylene glycol/water) on the preparation of an iron sulfide electrocatalyst and its activity towards overall water splitting

Title
Effect of the solvent ratio (ethylene glycol/water) on the preparation of an iron sulfide electrocatalyst and its activity towards overall water splitting
Authors
구혜영장우리Subhasis ShitSaikat BolarNaresh Chandra MurmuTapas Kuila
Issue Date
2019-06
Publisher
ChemElectroChem
Citation
VOL 6, NO 12-3208
Abstract
The polyol method is an efficient procedure for metal sulfide preparation where polyol not only acts as a solvent but also as reducing and morphology‐ modulating agent. Herein, iron sulfide particles were prepared via a modified polyol method by changing the ethylene glycol (EG) : water (H2O) ratio in the mixed solvent. Analytical techniques and electronic microscopy studies confirmed that the change in EG : H2O ratio modulated the crystal structure, morphology, and electronic structure of the prepared iron sulfide particles. The electrocatalytic activity of iron sulfide changed owing to these modulations. EG helped in the formation of a sheet‐ like structure – a morphology that favours a higher accessibility to the catalytically active sites. As evidenced form electrochemical impedance studies, an increased electron density near the Fermi level, a faster substrate adsorption‐ desorption rate at the active sites, and a faster charge transfer at the electrode‐ electrolyte interface were the key factors for the amplification in catalytic activity. The prepared iron sulfide particles showed an overall water splitting efficiency that is comparable to that of the state‐ of‐ the‐ art RuO2‐ Pt/C couple in alkaline medium. This study shows the potential of the polyol method in the preparation and catalytic‐ activity modulation of Fe− S‐ based electrocatalysts.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/70476
ISSN
2196-0216
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