International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.42, No.15, 9384-9395, 2017
Investigation of V-doped TiO2 as an anodic catalyst support for SPE water electrolysis
A modified evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) method was employed to prepare titania samples doped with different amounts of vanadium (0, 10, 20, 30 at.%), which were further evaluated as catalyst supports for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst IrO2 in the solid polymer electrolyte water electrolyzer (SPEWE). The effects of V dopant on titania supports are proved to be twofold: i) enhancing the simplification of phase composition and consequently improving the homogeneity of porous morphology; ii) introducing redox couple V (IV)/V (V) to the surface of titania. As a result, the catalyst's OER activity is improved with the increase of V dopant in the titania support after loading IrO2 via Adams fusion method. In single cells, the OER performance gradually increases with V dopant from 0 to 20 at.%, followed by a performance deterioration with V amount reaching 30 at.% due to the corrodible V2O5 precipitate. (C) 2017 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.