Superb water splitting activity of the electrocatalyst Fe3Co(PO4)4 designed with computation aid

Title
Superb water splitting activity of the electrocatalyst Fe3Co(PO4)4 designed with computation aid
Authors
채근화Siraj SultanMiran HaDong Yeon KimJitendra N. TiwariChang Woo MyungAbhishek MeenaTae Joo ShinKwang S. Kim
Keywords
water splitting; electrocatalyst; first-principles calculations; oxygen evolution reaction
Issue Date
2019-11
Publisher
Nature Communications
Citation
VOL 10-5195-9
Abstract
For efficient water splitting, it is essential to develop inexpensive and super-efficient electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Herein, we report a phosphate-based electrocatalyst [Fe3Co(PO4)4@reduced-graphene-oxide(rGO)] showing outstanding OER performance (much higher than state-of-the-art Ir/C catalysts), the design of which was aided by first-principles calculations. This electrocatalyst displays low overpotential (237 mV at high current density 100 mA cm− 2 in 1M KOH), high turnover frequency (TOF: 0.54 s− 1), high Faradaic efficiency (98%), and long-term durability. Its remarkable performance is ascribed to the optimal free energy for OER at Fe sites and efficient mass/charge transfer. When a Fe3Co(PO4)4@rGO anodic electrode is integrated with a Pt/C cathodic electrode, the electrolyzer requires only 1.45 V to achieve 10 mA cm− 2 for whole water splitting in 1M KOH (1.39 V in 6M KOH), which is much smaller than commercial Ir-C//Pt-C electrocatalysts. This cost-effective powerful oxygen production material with carbon-supporting substrates offers great promise for water splitting.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/70558
ISSN
2041-1723
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