Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol.141, No.36, 14190-14199, 2019
A Cobalt-Iron Double-Atom Catalyst for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction
Single-atom catalysts exhibit well-defined active sites and potentially maximum atomic efficiency. However, they are unsuitable for reactions that benefit from bimetallic promotion such as the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in an alkaline medium. Here we show that a single-atom Co precatalyst can be in situ transformed into a Co-Fe double-atom catalyst for the OER. This catalyst exhibits one of the highest turnover frequencies among metal oxides. Electrochemical, microscopic, and spectroscopic data, including those from operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy, reveal a dimeric Co-Fe moiety as the active site of the catalyst. This work demonstrates double-atom catalysis as a promising approach for the development of defined and highly active OER catalysts.