Journal of Power Sources, Vol.365, 320-326, 2017
Ultrafast and large scale preparation of superior catalyst for oxygen evolution reaction
The development of efficient and earth abundant catalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is a key challenge for the renewable energy research community. Here, we report a facile and ultrafast route to immobilize nickel-iron layered double hydroxide (NiFe-LDH) nanoparticles on nickel foam (NF) via soaking the direct electroless deposited prussian blue analogue (PBA) on NF in 1 M KOH. This NiFe-LDH/NF electrode can be prepared in a few seconds without further treatments. It has three-dimensional interpenetrating network originated from its PBA precursor which facilitate the diffusion and ad/desorption of the reactants and producing for OER. And further characterization of the Faradaic efficiency and forced convection tests show direct evidence to demonstrate the formation of free intermediate(s) in the OER process. This electrode (typically NiFe-LDH-20s/NF) exhibits outstanding electrocatalytic activity with low overpotential of similar to 0.240 V at 10 mA cm(-2), low Tafel slope of 38 mV dec(-1), and great stability. This feasible strategy affords a new strategy for the large scale manufacture of low-cost, effective and robust OER electrodes. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.