Pulsed-Laser Deposition of Nanostructured Iron Oxide Catalysts for Efficient Water Oxidation

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Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Trento, I-38123 Povo (Trento), Italy
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Farmaceutiche, Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Via Fossato di Mortara 17-19, 44100 Ferrara, Italy
§ Istituto ENI Donegani per le Energie Non Convenzionali, Via Fauser 4, 28100 Novara, Italy
Cite this: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6, 9, 6186–6190
Publication Date (Web):April 17, 2014
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Amorphous iron oxide nanoparticles were synthesized by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) for functionalization of indium–tin oxide surfaces, resulting in electrodes capable of efficient catalysis in water oxidation. These electrodes, based on earth-abundant and nonhazardous iron metal, are able to sustain high current densities (up to 20 mA/cm2) at reasonably low applied potential (1.64 V at pH 11.8 vs reversible hydrogen electrode) for more than 1 h when employed as anodes for electrochemical water oxidation. The good catalytic performance proves the validity of PLD as a method to prepare nanostructured solid-state materials for catalysis, enabling control over critical properties such as surface coverage and morphology.

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