Single-Crystal Cobalt Phosphate Nanosheets for Biomimetic Oxygen Evolution in Neutral Electrolytes.

Yue Shao, Xue Xiao, Yun-Pei Zhu, Tian-Yi Ma

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To improve energy conversion efficiency, the development of active electrocatalysts with similar structural features to photosynthesis II systems (PS-II), which can efficiently catalyze the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), have received great research interest. Crystalline cobalt phosphate nanosheets are designed as an efficient OER catalyst in neutral media, showing outstanding performance that even outperforms the noble RuO2 benchmark. The correlation of experimental and computational results reveals that the active sites are the edge-sharing CoO9 structural motif, akin to the molecular geometry of PS-II. This unique structure can facilitate reaction intermediate adsorption and decrease the reaction energy barrier, thus improving the OER kinetics.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14599-14604
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)
Issue number41
StatePublished - Sep 12 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We acknowledge Thousand Talents Program of China, Liaoning Revitalization Talents Program-Pan Deng Scholars (XLYC1802005), Science and Technology Innovative Talents Support Program of Shenyang (RC180166), Australian Research Council (ARC) through Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE150101306) and Linkage Project (LP160100927), Faculty of Science Strategic Investment Funding 2019 of University of Newcastle, and H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (Nos. H2020-MSCA-IF-2018 and 840980).


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