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Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Reaction Activity by Encapsulating NiFe Alloy Nanoparticles in Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanofibers

  • Peng Wei
    Peng Wei
    Department of Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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    Xueping Sun
    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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    Qirui Liang
    Department of Chemistry, Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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  • Xiaogang Li
    Xiaogang Li
    Department of Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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  • Zhimin He
    Zhimin He
    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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  • Xiangsheng Hu
    Xiangsheng Hu
    Department of Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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    Jinxu Zhang
    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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    Minhui Wang
    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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    Qing Li
    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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    Hui Yang
    Department of Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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    Jiantao Han
    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
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Cite this: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 28, 31503–31513
Publication Date (Web):June 22, 2020
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c08271
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Abstract

The rational design and exploration of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts with high efficiency, low cost, and long-term durability are extremely important for overall water splitting. Recently, numerous studies have shown that the OER reaction kinetics can be modified by optimizing components, introducing carbon matrix, and regulating porous nanostructures. Herein, a flexible and controllable electrospinning strategy is proposed to construct porous nitrogen (N)-doped carbon (C) nanofibers (NFs) with nickel–iron (NiFe) alloy nanoparticles encapsulated inside ([email protected]) as an OER electrocatalyst. Benefiting from the strong synergistic effects that stem from the one-dimensional mesoporous structures with optimized binary metal components encapsulated in the N-doped carbon nanofibers, the [email protected] exhibits enhanced OER performance with a low overpotential (294 mV at 10 mA cm–2) and excellent durability (over 10 h at 10 mA cm–2) in alkaline solution. Both experimental characterizations and density functional theory (DFT) calculations validate that a suitable binary metal ratio can lead to the optimal catalytic activity. Moreover, a two-electrode electrolyzer is assembled by using [email protected] anode and Pt/C cathode in 1.0 M KOH media for the overall water splitting, which delivers an initial cell voltage of only 1.531 V at 10 mA cm–2, as well as long-term stability up to 20 h. This study sheds light on the design and large-scale production of low-cost and high-performance electrocatalysts toward different energy applications in the future.

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