Perovskite oxides have emerged as promising candidates for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalyst due to their flexible lattice structure, tunable electronic structure, superior stability, and cost-effectiveness. Recent research studies have mostly focused on the traditional methods to tune the OER performance, such as cation/anion doping, A-/B-site ordering, epitaxial strain, oxygen vacancy, and so forth, leading to reasonable yet still limited activity enhancement. Here, we report a novel strategy for promoting the OER activity for perovskite LaNiO3 by crystal phase engineering, which is realized by breaking long-range chemical bonding through amorphization. We provide the first and direct evidence that perovskite oxides with an amorphous structure can induce the self-adaptive process, which helps enhance the OER performance. This is evidenced by the fact that an amorphous LaNiO3 film on glassy carbon shows a 9-fold increase in the current density compared to that of an epitaxial LaNiO3 single crystalline film. The obtained current density of 1038 μΑ cm-2 (@ 1.6 vs RHE) is the largest value among the literature reported values. Our work thus offers a new protocol to boost the OER performance for perovskite oxides for future clean energy applications.
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