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

Title: Benchmarking nanoparticulate metal oxide electrocatalysts for the alkaline water oxidation reaction

Abstract

Nanoparticulate metal-oxide catalysts are among the most prevalent systems for alkaline water oxidation. However, comparisons of the electrochemical performance of these materials have been challenging due to the different methods of attachment, catalyst loadings, and electrochemical test conditions reported in the literature. Here in this paper, we have leveraged a conventional drop-casting method that allows for the successful adhesion of a wide range of nanoparticulate catalysts to glassy-carbon electrode surfaces. We have applied this adhesion method to prepare catalyst films from 16 crystalline metal-oxide nanoparticles with a constant loading of 0.8 mg cm -2, and evaluated the resulting nanoparticulate films for the oxygen evolution reaction under conditions relevant to an integrated solar fuels device. In general, the activities of the adhered nanoparticulate films are similar to those of thin-film catalysts prepared by electrodeposition or sputtering, achieving 10 mA cm -2 current densities per geometric area at overpotentials of ~0.35–0.5 V.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [3]
  1. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States). Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)
  2. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States). Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP); California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States). Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  3. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States). Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP); Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1436119
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0004993
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Materials Chemistry. A
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 2050-7488
Publisher:
Royal Society of Chemistry
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Citation Formats

Jung, Suho, McCrory, Charles C. L., Ferrer, Ivonne M., Peters, Jonas C., and Jaramillo, Thomas F. Benchmarking nanoparticulate metal oxide electrocatalysts for the alkaline water oxidation reaction. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1039/c5ta07586f.
Jung, Suho, McCrory, Charles C. L., Ferrer, Ivonne M., Peters, Jonas C., & Jaramillo, Thomas F. Benchmarking nanoparticulate metal oxide electrocatalysts for the alkaline water oxidation reaction. United States. doi:10.1039/c5ta07586f.
Jung, Suho, McCrory, Charles C. L., Ferrer, Ivonne M., Peters, Jonas C., and Jaramillo, Thomas F. Sun . "Benchmarking nanoparticulate metal oxide electrocatalysts for the alkaline water oxidation reaction". United States. doi:10.1039/c5ta07586f. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1436119.
@article{osti_1436119,
title = {Benchmarking nanoparticulate metal oxide electrocatalysts for the alkaline water oxidation reaction},
author = {Jung, Suho and McCrory, Charles C. L. and Ferrer, Ivonne M. and Peters, Jonas C. and Jaramillo, Thomas F.},
abstractNote = {Nanoparticulate metal-oxide catalysts are among the most prevalent systems for alkaline water oxidation. However, comparisons of the electrochemical performance of these materials have been challenging due to the different methods of attachment, catalyst loadings, and electrochemical test conditions reported in the literature. Here in this paper, we have leveraged a conventional drop-casting method that allows for the successful adhesion of a wide range of nanoparticulate catalysts to glassy-carbon electrode surfaces. We have applied this adhesion method to prepare catalyst films from 16 crystalline metal-oxide nanoparticles with a constant loading of 0.8 mg cm-2, and evaluated the resulting nanoparticulate films for the oxygen evolution reaction under conditions relevant to an integrated solar fuels device. In general, the activities of the adhered nanoparticulate films are similar to those of thin-film catalysts prepared by electrodeposition or sputtering, achieving 10 mA cm-2 current densities per geometric area at overpotentials of ~0.35–0.5 V.},
doi = {10.1039/c5ta07586f},
journal = {Journal of Materials Chemistry. A},
number = 8,
volume = 4,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {11}
}

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

Citation Metrics:
Cited by: 133 works
Citation information provided by
Web of Science

Save / Share:

Works referenced in this record:

Benchmarking Hydrogen Evolving Reaction and Oxygen Evolving Reaction Electrocatalysts for Solar Water Splitting Devices
journal, March 2015

  • McCrory, Charles C. L.; Jung, Suho; Ferrer, Ivonne M.
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 137, Issue 13
  • DOI: 10.1021/ja510442p

Electrochemical study of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3 during oxygen evolution reaction
journal, April 2012


Electrochemical Photolysis of Water at a Semiconductor Electrode
journal, July 1972

  • Fujishima, Akira; Honda, Kenichi
  • Nature, Vol. 238, Issue 5358, p. 37-38
  • DOI: 10.1038/238037a0

Meeting the Clean Energy Demand:  Nanostructure Architectures for Solar Energy Conversion
journal, January 2007

  • Kamat, Prashant V.
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 111, Issue 7
  • DOI: 10.1021/jp066952u

Inorganic nanostructures for photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic water splitting
journal, January 2013


Characterization of High-Surface-Area Electrocatalysts Using a Rotating Disk Electrode Configuration
journal, January 1998

  • Schmidt, T. J.; Gasteiger, H. A.; Stäb, G. D.
  • Journal of The Electrochemical Society, Vol. 145, Issue 7, p. 2354-2358
  • DOI: 10.1149/1.1838642

Optimizing Perovskites for the Water-Splitting Reaction
journal, December 2011


Powering the planet: Chemical challenges in solar energy utilization
journal, October 2006

  • Lewis, N. S.; Nocera, D. G.
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 103, Issue 43, p. 15729-15735
  • DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0603395103

Molecular Mixed-Metal Manganese Oxido Cubanes as Precursors to Heterogeneous Oxygen Evolution Catalysts
journal, August 2015

  • Suseno, Sandy; McCrory, Charles C. L.; Tran, Rosalie
  • Chemistry - A European Journal, Vol. 21, Issue 38
  • DOI: 10.1002/chem.201501104

A Bifunctional Nonprecious Metal Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction and Water Oxidation
journal, October 2010

  • Gorlin, Yelena; Jaramillo, Thomas F.
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 132, Issue 39, p. 13612-13614
  • DOI: 10.1021/ja104587v

Mechanism of oxygen evolution on perovskites
journal, July 1983

  • Bockris, John O'M.; Otagawa, Takaaki
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Vol. 87, Issue 15
  • DOI: 10.1021/j100238a048

The Electrocatalysis of Oxygen Evolution on Perovskites
journal, January 1984

  • Bockris, John O'M.
  • Journal of The Electrochemical Society, Vol. 131, Issue 2
  • DOI: 10.1149/1.2115565

Double perovskites as a family of highly active catalysts for oxygen evolution in alkaline solution
journal, September 2013

  • Grimaud, Alexis; May, Kevin J.; Carlton, Christopher E.
  • Nature Communications, Vol. 4, Issue 1
  • DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3439

Artificial Photosynthesis: Solar Splitting of Water to Hydrogen and Oxygen
journal, March 1995

  • Bard, Allen J.; Fox, Marye Anne
  • Accounts of Chemical Research, Vol. 28, Issue 3
  • DOI: 10.1021/ar00051a007

The Nature of Lithium Battery Materials under Oxygen Evolution Reaction Conditions
journal, October 2012

  • Lee, Seung Woo; Carlton, Christopher; Risch, Marcel
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 134, Issue 41
  • DOI: 10.1021/ja307814j

Identifying active surface phases for metal oxide electrocatalysts: a study of manganese oxide bi-functional catalysts for oxygen reduction and water oxidation catalysis
journal, January 2012

  • Su, Hai-Yan; Gorlin, Yelena; Man, Isabela C.
  • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 14, Issue 40
  • DOI: 10.1039/c2cp40841d

Oxygen evolution on well-characterized mass-selected Ru and RuO 2 nanoparticles
journal, January 2015

  • Paoli, Elisa A.; Masini, Federico; Frydendal, Rasmus
  • Chemical Science, Vol. 6, Issue 1
  • DOI: 10.1039/C4SC02685C

Thermodynamic theory of multi-electron transfer reactions: Implications for electrocatalysis
journal, September 2011


Kinetic study of electrochemical reactions at catalyst-recast ionomer interfaces from thin active layer modelling
journal, September 1994

  • Gloaguen, F.; Andolfatto, F.; Durand, R.
  • Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, Vol. 24, Issue 9
  • DOI: 10.1007/BF00348773

Electrochemical study of sulphonated ferrocenes as redox mediators in enzyme electrodes
journal, October 1990

  • Liaudet, E.; Battaglini, F.; Calvo, E. J.
  • Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry and Interfacial Electrochemistry, Vol. 293, Issue 1-2
  • DOI: 10.1016/0022-0728(90)80052-8

Size-Dependent Activity of Co 3 O 4 Nanoparticle Anodes for Alkaline Water Electrolysis
journal, July 2009

  • Esswein, Arthur J.; McMurdo, Meredith J.; Ross, Phillip N.
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 113, Issue 33
  • DOI: 10.1021/jp904022e

Artificial photosynthesis for solar water-splitting
journal, July 2012

  • Tachibana, Yasuhiro; Vayssieres, Lionel; Durrant, James R.
  • Nature Photonics, Vol. 6, Issue 8
  • DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2012.175

Improving O2 production of WO3 photoanodes with IrO2 in acidic aqueous electrolyte
journal, January 2014

  • Spurgeon, Joshua M.; Velazquez, Jesus M.; McDowell, Matthew T.
  • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 16, Issue 8
  • DOI: 10.1039/c3cp55527e

Modified LaCoO3 nano-perovskite catalysts for the environmental application of automotive CO oxidation
journal, May 2009

  • Seyfi, Bahman; Baghalha, Morteza; Kazemian, Hossein
  • Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 148, Issue 2-3
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2008.08.041

Solar Water Splitting Cells
journal, November 2010

  • Walter, Michael G.; Warren, Emily L.; McKone, James R.
  • Chemical Reviews, Vol. 110, Issue 11, p. 6446-6473
  • DOI: 10.1021/cr1002326

Solar Energy Supply and Storage for the Legacy and Nonlegacy Worlds
journal, November 2010

  • Cook, Timothy R.; Dogutan, Dilek K.; Reece, Steven Y.
  • Chemical Reviews, Vol. 110, Issue 11
  • DOI: 10.1021/cr100246c

Structural Requirements in Lithium Cobalt Oxides for the Catalytic Oxidation of Water
journal, January 2012

  • Gardner, Graeme P.; Go, Yong Bok; Robinson, David M.
  • Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol. 51, Issue 7
  • DOI: 10.1002/anie.201107625

A Perovskite Oxide Optimized for Oxygen Evolution Catalysis from Molecular Orbital Principles
journal, October 2011


Artificial photosynthesis: water cleavage into hydrogen and oxygen by visible light
journal, December 1981


Powering the planet with solar fuel
journal, April 2009


Electrocatalytic Measurement Methodology of Oxide Catalysts Using a Thin-Film Rotating Disk Electrode
journal, January 2010

  • Suntivich, Jin; Gasteiger, Hubert A.; Yabuuchi, Naoaki
  • Journal of The Electrochemical Society, Vol. 157, Issue 8
  • DOI: 10.1149/1.3456630

Universality in Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysis on Oxide Surfaces
journal, March 2011

  • Man, Isabela C.; Su, Hai‐Yan; Calle‐Vallejo, Federico
  • ChemCatChem, Vol. 3, Issue 7
  • DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201000397

LaNi1 − x Cu x O3 (x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.30) coated electrodes for oxygen evolution in alkaline medium
journal, May 2013

  • Costa, A.; Jorge, M. E. Melo; Carvalho, M. D.
  • Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, Vol. 17, Issue 8
  • DOI: 10.1007/s10008-013-2106-3

Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER) on Ru, Ir, and Pt Catalysts: A Comparative Study of Nanoparticles and Bulk Materials
journal, July 2012

  • Reier, Tobias; Oezaslan, Mehtap; Strasser, Peter
  • ACS Catalysis, Vol. 2, Issue 8
  • DOI: 10.1021/cs3003098

Photoelectrochemical cells for solar hydrogen production: current state of promising photoelectrodes, methods to improve their properties, and outlook
journal, January 2013

  • Li, Zhaosheng; Luo, Wenjun; Zhang, Minglong
  • Energy Environ. Sci., Vol. 6, Issue 2
  • DOI: 10.1039/C2EE22618A

Benchmarking Heterogeneous Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction
journal, October 2013

  • McCrory, Charles C. L.; Jung, Suho; Peters, Jonas C.
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 135, Issue 45
  • DOI: 10.1021/ja407115p

Kinetics of Activation Controlled Consecutive Electrochemical Reactions: Anodic Evolution of Oxygen
journal, April 1956

  • Bockris, J. O'M.
  • The Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 24, Issue 4
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.1742616

The Hydrogen Fuel Alternative
journal, April 2008

  • Crabtree, G. W.; Dresselhaus, M. S.
  • MRS Bulletin, Vol. 33, Issue 4
  • DOI: 10.1557/mrs2008.84

Role of the Morphology and Surface Planes on the Catalytic Activity of Spinel LiMn 1.5 Ni 0.5 O 4 for Oxygen Evolution Reaction
journal, December 2013

  • Maiyalagan, Thandavarayan; Chemelewski, Katharine R.; Manthiram, Arumugam
  • ACS Catalysis, Vol. 4, Issue 2
  • DOI: 10.1021/cs400981d

Oxygen reduction on a high-surface area Pt/Vulcan carbon catalyst: a thin-film rotating ring-disk electrode study
journal, January 2001


Efficiency of Splitting Water with Semiconducting Photoelectrodes
journal, January 1984

  • Weber, Michael F.
  • Journal of The Electrochemical Society, Vol. 131, Issue 6
  • DOI: 10.1149/1.2115797

Design principles for oxygen-reduction activity on perovskite oxide catalysts for fuel cells and metal–air batteries
journal, June 2011

  • Suntivich, Jin; Gasteiger, Hubert A.; Yabuuchi, Naoaki
  • Nature Chemistry, Vol. 3, Issue 7, p. 546-550
  • DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1069

Electrocatalytic properties of transition metal oxides for oxygen evolution reaction
journal, May 1986


Electrocatalysis in the anodic evolution of oxygen and chlorine
journal, November 1984


Solar hydrogen production with nanostructured metal oxides
journal, January 2008

  • van de Krol, Roel; Liang, Yongqi; Schoonman, Joop
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol. 18, Issue 20
  • DOI: 10.1039/b718969a

    Works referencing / citing this record:

    Cobalt Oxide Materials for Oxygen Evolution Catalysis via Single-Source Precursor Chemistry
    journal, August 2018

    • Kuznetsov, Denis A.; Konev, Dmitry V.; Sokolov, Sergey A.
    • Chemistry - A European Journal, Vol. 24, Issue 52
    • DOI: 10.1002/chem.201802632

    PBA@POM Hybrids as Efficient Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction
    journal, July 2019


    Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity of Mesostructured Cobalt‐Based Metal Oxides Studied with the Cavity‐Microelectrode Technique
    journal, July 2019


    Solar‐Driven Production of Hydrogen Peroxide from Water and Dioxygen
    journal, February 2018

    • Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Lee, Yong‐Min; Nam, Wonwoo
    • Chemistry – A European Journal, Vol. 24, Issue 20
    • DOI: 10.1002/chem.201704512

    Iron and Nickel Mixed Oxides Derived From NiIIFeII-PBA for Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysis
    journal, July 2019


    PBA@POM Hybrids as Efficient Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction
    journal, July 2019


    Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity of Mesostructured Cobalt‐Based Metal Oxides Studied with the Cavity‐Microelectrode Technique
    journal, July 2019


    Solar‐Driven Production of Hydrogen Peroxide from Water and Dioxygen
    journal, February 2018

    • Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Lee, Yong‐Min; Nam, Wonwoo
    • Chemistry – A European Journal, Vol. 24, Issue 20
    • DOI: 10.1002/chem.201704512

    Cobalt Oxide Materials for Oxygen Evolution Catalysis via Single-Source Precursor Chemistry
    journal, August 2018

    • Kuznetsov, Denis A.; Konev, Dmitry V.; Sokolov, Sergey A.
    • Chemistry - A European Journal, Vol. 24, Issue 52
    • DOI: 10.1002/chem.201802632

    Iron and Nickel Mixed Oxides Derived From NiIIFeII-PBA for Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysis
    journal, July 2019