Two-dimensional hetero-nanostructured electrocatalyst of Ni/NiFe-layered double oxide for highly efficient hydrogen evolution reaction in alkaline medium

Tian, Yakun, Huang, Aijian, Wang, Zhiguo, Wang, Mingkui, Wu, Qingsheng, Shen, Yan, Zhu, Quanjing, Fu, Yongqing and Wen, Ming (2021) Two-dimensional hetero-nanostructured electrocatalyst of Ni/NiFe-layered double oxide for highly efficient hydrogen evolution reaction in alkaline medium. Chemical Engineering Journal, 426. p. 131827. ISSN 1385-8947

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Abstract

High-performance, cost-effective and stable electrocatalysts are critical for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) via water splitting in alkaline media. Herein a unique hetero-nanostructured Ni/NiFe-layered double oxide (Ni/NiFe-LDO) on Ni foam (NF) has been successfully constructed through phase-transition and controlled in-situ reduction process. Because the two-dimensional (2D) morphology of NiFe-LDO nanosheets can stabilize uniform in-situ formed nano-Ni sites, the prepared Ni/NiFe-LDO on NF displays a high catalytic activity for HER in 1.0 M KOH solution, which requires an extremely low overpotential of 29 mV to afford a current density at 10 mA cm−2, achieves a Tafel slope of 82 mV dec-1 and maintains an excellent stability of electrolysis for at least 24 h. Detail characterizations reveal that the synergistic effect between nano-Ni and NiFe-LDO nanosheets contributes to the prominent HER activity. In NiFe-LDO, Fe2O3 facilitates the adsorption of H2O on the interface region of Ni-Fe2O3, which is beneficial for water activation, then NiO offers the active sites for hydroxyl adsorption (*OH), meanwhile nano-Ni sites are active to adsorb hydrogen intermediates (H*). All of the above accelerates the water dissociation in Volmer-step reaction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ni/NiFe-layered double oxide, Heterostructure, Hydrogen evolution reaction, Electrocatalysis, Alkaline medium
Subjects: F100 Chemistry
F200 Materials Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2021 07:47
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 08:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47013

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