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Surface galvanic formation of Co-OH on Birnessite and its catalytic activity for the oxygen evolution reaction

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2021.02.025 DOI Help

Authors: Yayun Pu (University of Birmingham; Southern University of Science and Technology) , Veronica Celorrio (Diamond Light Source) , Jöerg M. Stockmann (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)) , Oded Sobol (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)) , Zongzhao Sun (Southern University of Science and Technology) , Wu Wang (Southern University of Science and Technology) , Matthew J. Lawrence (University of Birmingham) , Jörg Radnik (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)) , Andrea E. Russell (University of Southampton) , Vasile-Dan Hodoroaba (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)) , Limin Huang (Southern University of Science and Technology) , Paramaconi Rodriguez (University of Birmingham)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Journal Of Catalysis , VOL 355

State: Published (Approved)
Published: March 2021
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 21659 , 19850

Abstract: Low cost, high-efficient catalysts for water splitting can be potentially fulfilled by developing earth abundant metal oxides. In this work, surface galvanic formation of Co-OH on K0.45MnO2 (KMO) was achieved via the redox reaction of hydrated Co2+ with crystalline Mn4+. The synthesis method takes place at ambient temperature without using any surfactant agent or organic solvent, providing a clean, green route for the design of highly efficient catalysts. The redox reaction resulted in the formation of ultrathin Co-OH nanoflakes with high electrochemical surface area. X-ray adsorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis confirmed the changes in the oxidation state of the bulk and surface species on the Co-OH nanoflakes supported on the KMO. The effect of the anions, chloride, nitrate and sulfate, on the preparation of the catalyst was evaluated by electrochemical and spectrochemical means. XPS and Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) analysis demonstrated that the layer of CoOxHy deposited on the KMO and its electronic structure strongly depends on the anion of the precursor used during the synthesis of the catalyst. In particular, it was found that Cl favors the formation of Co-OH, changing the rate determining step of the reaction, which enhances the catalytic activity towards the OER, producing the most active OER catalyst in alkaline media.

Diamond Keywords: Hydrogen Storage

Subject Areas: Chemistry


Instruments: B18-Core EXAFS , I20-Scanning-X-ray spectroscopy (XAS/XES)

Added On: 09/03/2021 09:36

Discipline Tags:

Catalysis Physical Chemistry Energy Energy Storage Chemistry

Technical Tags:

Spectroscopy X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)