International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.43, No.31, 14360-14368, 2018
ACo(2)O(4) (A=Ni, Zn, Mn) nanostructure arrays grown on nickel foam as efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction
Developing highly efficient, low-cost and superior stable electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is essential for coping with global energy shortage and environmental crisis. In this article, ACo(2)O(4)/NF (A = Mn, Zn, Ni) composites were synthesized via a facilely hydrothermal and calcination method and used as electrocatalytic water oxidation catalysts. The hybrid structure, chemical composition, oxidation state and surface morphology of ACo(2)O(4)/NF (A = Mn, Zn, Ni) has been confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), X-ray photoelectron (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Brunaure-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis. Such self-supported NiCo2O4/NF hybrid shows a smaller overpotential of 271 mV at current density of 10 mA cm(-2) in 1 M KOH, which is comparable to most reported NiCo2O4 materials (monomer or composite) for OER. Influence on catalytic activity of doping different metal ions in ACo(2)O(4)/NF was investigated systematically for the first time. Improved electrocatalytic activity of NiCo2O4/NF is attributed to the special homogeneous urchin-like structure and porous property. (C) 2018 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.