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Ni0.67Fe0.33 Hydroxide Incorporated with Oxalate for Highly Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction

Cite this: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 36, 42870–42879
Publication Date (Web):September 2, 2021
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As the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) imposes a high energy barrier during electrochemical water splitting, designing highly efficient, stable, and cost-effective electrocatalysts for OERs is an ongoing challenge. In this study, we present a facile approach to prepare villi-shaped Ni–Fe hydroxides incorporated with oxalate derived from Ni–Fe oxalate through the in situ precipitation growth and subsequent immersion in an alkaline solution. The electrode with an optimized Ni–Fe ratio improves the OER kinetics, on which the electronic structure of the active site is adjusted based on a mutual effect between the adjacent nickel and iron atoms. The OER performance was significantly better than that of monometallic Ni(OH)2 and pristine Ni foam, with a low overpotential of 277 mV at 100 mA cm–2 and excellent stability. The enhanced OER performance is ascribed to the advanced intrinsic electrocatalytic activity of the electrode as a result of the synergetic effect of optimized Ni–Fe ratio mixing at the atomic level which leads to an increased surface area, a high number of active sites, and a reduced charge transfer resistivity.

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