International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.45, No.16, 9546-9554, 2020
Hierarchical Ni-BDC coated FeOOH nanosheets: A coordination tuning synergistic electrocatalyst with enhanced activity for water oxidation
Hierarchical composites represent a class of efficient electrocatalysts for renewable energy storage and conversion technologies owing to the porous structure and additional exposure of metal sites. Herein, a Ni-based metal organic frameworks (MOFs) (marked as Ni-BDC, BDC stands for 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid) nanosheet is successfully fabricated on hydroxyl iron oxide (FeOOH) array with carbon fiber cloth (CFC) as substrate. Benefit from the coordination tuning synergistic effect of the distinct chemical composition and the hierarchical structure for fast mass transportation, the as-obtained FeOOH@Ni-BDC illustrates excellent catalytic ability for electrochemical water oxidation with low over-potential of 270 mV to reach 10 mA/cm(2) current and good durability in alkaline electrolyte. The novelty of this work lies in the modulation of electronic structure of THE FeOOH with Ni-BDC through coordination effect to enhance the activity of the hierarchical composite electrocatalyst. This work is expected to guide the preparation of efficient electrocatalyst for new type alternative energy sources exploitation in near future. (C) 2020 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.