Manipulating the Local Coordination and Electronic Structures for Efficient Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution

Zhi-Peng Wu, Huabin Zhang, Shouwei Zuo, Yan Wang, Song Lin Zhang, Jing Zhang, Shuang-Quan Zang, Xiong Wen (David) Lou

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Non-noble-metal-based nanomaterials can exhibit extraordinary electrocatalytic performance toward the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) by harnessing the structural evolution during catalysis and the synergistic effect between elements. However, the structure of active centers in bimetallic/multimetallic catalysts is under long-time debate in the catalysis community. Here, an efficient bimetallic Ni–Fe selenide-derived OER electrocatalyst is reported and the structure–activity correlation during the OER evolution studied. By combining experiments and theoretical calculations, a conceptual advance is provided, in that the local coordination structure distortion and disordering of active sites inherited from the pre-catalyst and post-formed by a further reconstruction are responsible for boosting the OER performance. The active center is identified on Ni sites showing moderate bindings with oxygenous intermediates rather than Fe sites with strong and poisonous adsorptions. These findings provide crucial understanding in manipulating the local coordination and electronic structures toward rational design and fabrication of efficient OER electrocatalysts.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2103004
JournalAdvanced Materials
StatePublished - Aug 21 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-08-23
Acknowledgements: X.W.L. acknowledges the funding support from the Ministry of Education of Singapore through the Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier-2 grant (MOE2019-T2-2-049). The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (21825106) and the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2020M682333) are also acknowledged.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering


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