Ultrasensitive Iron-Triggered Nanosized Fe–CoOOH Integrated with Graphene for Highly Efficient Oxygen Evolution

Xiaotong Han, Chang Yu, Si Zhou, Changtai Zhao, Huawei Huang, Juan Yang, Zhibin Liu, Jijun Zhao, Jieshan Qiu

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Effectively active oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts are highly desired for water splitting. Herein, the design and fabrication of nanometer-sized Fe-modulated CoOOH nanoparticles by a novel conversion tailoring strategy is reported for the first time and these nanoparticles are assembled on graphene matrix to construct 2D nanohybrids (FeCoOOH/G) with ultrasmall particles and finely modulated local electronic structure of Co cations. The Fe components are capable of tailoring and converting the micrometer-sized sheets into nanometer-sized particles, indicative of ultrasensitive Fe-triggered behavior. The as-made FeCoOOH/G features highly exposed edge active sites, well-defined porous structure, and finely modulated electron structure, together with effectively interconnected conducting networks endowed by graphene. Density functional theory calculations have revealed that the Fe dopants in the FeCoOOH nanoparticles have an enhanced adsorption capability toward the oxygenated intermediates involved in OER process, thus facilitating the whole catalytic reactions. Benefiting from these integrated characteristics, the as-made FeCoOOH/G nanohybrids as an oxygen evolution electrocatalyst can deliver a low overpotential of 330 mV at 10 mA cm−2 and excellent electrochemical durability in alkaline medium. This strategy provides an effective, durable, and nonprecious-metal electrocatalyst for water splitting.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 19 2017
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science


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