CuO Nanorod Arrays Shelled with Amorphous NiFe Layered Double Hydroxide Film for Enhanced Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation Activity

  • Qianqian Zhou
    Qianqian Zhou
    Research Center of Applied Solid State Chemistry, Chemistry Institute for Synthesis and Green Application, Ningbo University, 818 Fenghua Road, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province 315211, P. R. China
  • Ting-Ting Li*
    Ting-Ting Li
    Research Center of Applied Solid State Chemistry, Chemistry Institute for Synthesis and Green Application, Ningbo University, 818 Fenghua Road, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province 315211, P. R. China
    *Phone: +86-574-87600792. E-mail: [email protected]
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  • Jinjie Qian
    Jinjie Qian
    College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035, P. R. China
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  • Wei Xu
    Wei Xu
    Research Center of Applied Solid State Chemistry, Chemistry Institute for Synthesis and Green Application, Ningbo University, 818 Fenghua Road, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province 315211, P. R. China
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  • Yue Hu
    Yue Hu
    College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035, P. R. China
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  • Yue-Qing Zheng*
    Yue-Qing Zheng
    Research Center of Applied Solid State Chemistry, Chemistry Institute for Synthesis and Green Application, Ningbo University, 818 Fenghua Road, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province 315211, P. R. China
    *E-mail: [email protected]
Cite this: ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2018, 1, 3, 1364–1373
Publication Date (Web):February 23, 2018
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.8b00076
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Abstract

Recently, extensive efforts have been focused on CuO materials as the non-noble metal electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). However, their catalytic efficiency is still far from meeting the need of practical large-scale water splitting because of poor electrical conductivity and limited exposed active sites. Herein, we report that amorphous NiFe layered double hydroxide film can be grown on CuO nanorod arrays supported on Cu foil (NiFe-LDH/CuO NRs/CF) to construct a core–shell heterostructure via a facile electrochemical deposition approach. The resulting core–shell heterostructure demonstrates excellent OER performance in 1 M KOH, only requiring a small overpotential of 290 mV to drive the current density of 50 mV cm–2 with a low Tafel slope of 60 mV dec–1, and maintaining a steady current density of 50 mA cm–2 for at least 35 h with negligible decline in catalytic activity, which is the best OER performance among reported CuO electrocatalysts to date. Remarkably, this catalytic performance is also superior to that of the state-of-the-art IrO2 catalyst. The prominent catalytic performance of NiFe-LDH/CuO NRs could be attributed to the synergistic effect between NiFe-LDH film and CuO NRs. As a result, our research indicates that the construction of amorphous heterostructures could be a promising strategy for development of efficient OER systems.

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