skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Materializing efficient methanol oxidation via electron delocalization in nickel hydroxide nanoribbon

Abstract

Achieving a functional and durable non-platinum group metal-based methanol oxidation catalyst is critical for a cost-effective direct methanol fuel cell. While Ni(OH) 2 has been widely studied as methanol oxidation catalyst, the initial process of oxidizing Ni(OH) 2 to NiOOH requires a high potential of 1.35 V vs. RHE. Such potential would be impractical since the theoretical potential of the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction is at 1.23 V. Here we show that a four-coordinated nickel atom is able to form charge-transfer orbitals through delocalization of electrons near the Fermi energy level. As such, our previously reported periodically arranged four-six-coordinated nickel hydroxide nanoribbon structure (NR-Ni(OH) 2) is able to show remarkable methanol oxidation activity with an onset potential of 0.55 V vs. RHE and suggests the operability in direct methanol fuel cell configuration. Thus, this strategy offers a gateway towards the development of high performance and durable non-platinum direct methanol fuel cell.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [1];  [3];  [4]; ORCiD logo [5]; ORCiD logo [6];  [4]; ORCiD logo [5]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [7];  [2]; ORCiD logo [8]; ORCiD logo [9];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
  2. Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Singapore)
  3. National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore); Guilin Univ. of Electronic Technology, Guilin (China)
  4. Jiangsu Normal Univ., Jiangsu Sheng (China)
  5. Harbin Inst. of Technology, Heilongjiang Sheng (China)
  6. Beihang Univ., Beijing (China)
  7. National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore). Singapore Synchrotron Light Sources (SSLS)
  8. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II)
  9. Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (Singapore). Inst. of High Performance Computing
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
OSTI Identifier:
1668648
Report Number(s):
BNL-219873-2020-JAAM
Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0012704
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Wang, Xiaopeng, Xi, Shibo, Lee, Wee Siang Vincent, Huang, Pengru, Cui, Peng, Zhao, Lei, Hao, Weichang, Zhao, Xinsheng, Wang, Zhenbo, Wu, Haijun, Wang, Hao, Diao, Caozheng, Borgna, Armando, Du, Yonghua, Yu, Zhi Gen, Pennycook, Stephen, and Xue, Junmin. Materializing efficient methanol oxidation via electron delocalization in nickel hydroxide nanoribbon. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-18459-9.
Wang, Xiaopeng, Xi, Shibo, Lee, Wee Siang Vincent, Huang, Pengru, Cui, Peng, Zhao, Lei, Hao, Weichang, Zhao, Xinsheng, Wang, Zhenbo, Wu, Haijun, Wang, Hao, Diao, Caozheng, Borgna, Armando, Du, Yonghua, Yu, Zhi Gen, Pennycook, Stephen, & Xue, Junmin. Materializing efficient methanol oxidation via electron delocalization in nickel hydroxide nanoribbon. United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-18459-9.
Wang, Xiaopeng, Xi, Shibo, Lee, Wee Siang Vincent, Huang, Pengru, Cui, Peng, Zhao, Lei, Hao, Weichang, Zhao, Xinsheng, Wang, Zhenbo, Wu, Haijun, Wang, Hao, Diao, Caozheng, Borgna, Armando, Du, Yonghua, Yu, Zhi Gen, Pennycook, Stephen, and Xue, Junmin. Wed . "Materializing efficient methanol oxidation via electron delocalization in nickel hydroxide nanoribbon". United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-18459-9. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1668648.
@article{osti_1668648,
title = {Materializing efficient methanol oxidation via electron delocalization in nickel hydroxide nanoribbon},
author = {Wang, Xiaopeng and Xi, Shibo and Lee, Wee Siang Vincent and Huang, Pengru and Cui, Peng and Zhao, Lei and Hao, Weichang and Zhao, Xinsheng and Wang, Zhenbo and Wu, Haijun and Wang, Hao and Diao, Caozheng and Borgna, Armando and Du, Yonghua and Yu, Zhi Gen and Pennycook, Stephen and Xue, Junmin},
abstractNote = {Achieving a functional and durable non-platinum group metal-based methanol oxidation catalyst is critical for a cost-effective direct methanol fuel cell. While Ni(OH)2 has been widely studied as methanol oxidation catalyst, the initial process of oxidizing Ni(OH)2 to NiOOH requires a high potential of 1.35 V vs. RHE. Such potential would be impractical since the theoretical potential of the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction is at 1.23 V. Here we show that a four-coordinated nickel atom is able to form charge-transfer orbitals through delocalization of electrons near the Fermi energy level. As such, our previously reported periodically arranged four-six-coordinated nickel hydroxide nanoribbon structure (NR-Ni(OH)2) is able to show remarkable methanol oxidation activity with an onset potential of 0.55 V vs. RHE and suggests the operability in direct methanol fuel cell configuration. Thus, this strategy offers a gateway towards the development of high performance and durable non-platinum direct methanol fuel cell.},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-020-18459-9},
journal = {Nature Communications},
issn = {2041-1723},
number = 1,
volume = 11,
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {9}
}

Journal Article:
Free Publicly Available Full Text
Publisher's Version of Record

Save / Share:

Works referenced in this record:

The Long Way of Achieving a Durability of 20,000 h in a DMFC System
journal, October 2014


Recent advances in catalysts for direct methanol fuel cells
journal, January 2011

  • Zhao, Xiao; Yin, Min; Ma, Liang
  • Energy & Environmental Science, Vol. 4, Issue 8
  • DOI: 10.1039/c1ee01307f

Cost Analysis of Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Stacks for Mass Production
journal, November 2016

  • Sgroi, Mauro; Zedde, Furio; Barbera, Orazio
  • Energies, Vol. 9, Issue 12
  • DOI: 10.3390/en9121008

Recent progress on carbon-based support materials for electrocatalysts of direct methanol fuel cells
journal, January 2014


Homogeneously Catalyzed Electroreduction of Carbon Dioxide—Methods, Mechanisms, and Catalysts
journal, January 2018


A review of anode catalysis in the direct methanol fuel cell
journal, April 2006


SnO 2 nanocrystal-decorated mesoporous ZSM-5 as a precious metal-free electrode catalyst for methanol oxidation
journal, January 2015

  • Cui, Xiangzhi; Zhu, Yan; Hua, Zile
  • Energy & Environmental Science, Vol. 8, Issue 4
  • DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00240K

Fluorine-Doped and Partially Oxidized Tantalum Carbides as Nonprecious Metal Electrocatalysts for Methanol Oxidation Reaction in Acidic Media
journal, January 2016


Review of non-platinum anode catalysts for DMFC and PEMFC application
journal, August 2009


Facile Synthesis of Cu/NiCu Electrocatalysts Integrating Alloy, Core–Shell, and One-Dimensional Structures for Efficient Methanol Oxidation Reaction
journal, August 2016

  • Wu, Dengfeng; Zhang, Wei; Cheng, Daojian
  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol. 9, Issue 23
  • DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b03876

Highly active and durable methanol oxidation electrocatalyst based on the synergy of platinum–nickel hydroxide–graphene
journal, November 2015

  • Huang, Wenjing; Wang, Hongtao; Zhou, Jigang
  • Nature Communications, Vol. 6, Issue 1
  • DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10035

A selective electrocatalyst–based direct methanol fuel cell operated at high concentrations of methanol
journal, June 2017


Strain stabilized nickel hydroxide nanoribbons for efficient water splitting
journal, January 2020

  • Wang, X. P.; Wu, H. J.; Xi, S. B.
  • Energy & Environmental Science, Vol. 13, Issue 1
  • DOI: 10.1039/C9EE02565K

A practical method for measuring the true hydroxide conductivity of anion exchange membranes
journal, March 2018


The promoting effect of adsorbed carbon monoxide on the oxidation of alcohols on a gold catalyst
journal, December 2011

  • Rodriguez, Paramaconi; Kwon, Youngkook; Koper, Marc T. M.
  • Nature Chemistry, Vol. 4, Issue 3
  • DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1221

Intermediate species on zirconia supported methanol aerogel catalysts V. Adsorption of methanol
journal, March 1995


Surface investigation on CexZr1-xO2 compounds
journal, January 1999

  • Daturi, Marco; Binet, Claude; Lavalley, Jean-Claude
  • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 1, Issue 24
  • DOI: 10.1039/a905758g

Formate, an Active Intermediate for Direct Oxidation of Methanol on Pt Electrode
journal, April 2003

  • Chen, Yan Xia; Miki, Atsushi; Ye, Shen
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 125, Issue 13
  • DOI: 10.1021/ja029044t

Chemical and structural origin of lattice oxygen oxidation in Co–Zn oxyhydroxide oxygen evolution electrocatalysts
journal, March 2019


Influence of iron doping on tetravalent nickel content in catalytic oxygen evolving films
journal, January 2017

  • Li, Nancy; Bediako, D. Kwabena; Hadt, Ryan G.
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 114, Issue 7
  • DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1620787114

Unraveling the Degradation Process of LiNi 0.8 Co 0.15 Al 0.05 O 2 Electrodes in Commercial Lithium Ion Batteries by Electronic Structure Investigations
journal, August 2015

  • Kleiner, Karin; Melke, Julia; Merz, Michael
  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol. 7, Issue 35
  • DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b03191

Metamagnetism and nanosize effects in the magnetic properties of the quasi-two-dimensional system β -Ni ( OH ) 2
journal, November 2010


An Fe stabilized metallic phase of NiS 2 for the highly efficient oxygen evolution reaction
journal, January 2019

  • Ding, Xingyu; Li, Weiwei; Kuang, Haipeng
  • Nanoscale, Vol. 11, Issue 48
  • DOI: 10.1039/C9NR07832K

Atomic structure and lattice dynamics of Ni and Mg hydroxides
journal, December 2010