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Title: Heteroatom (P, B, or S) incorporated NiFe-based nanocubes as efficient electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction

Abstract

Exploring low-cost and highly efficient electrocatalysts toward the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is of significant importance, although facing great challenges for sustainable energy systems. In this study, amorphous NiFe-based porous nanocubes (Ni–Fe–O–P, Ni–Fe–O–B, and Ni–Fe–O–S) are successfully synthesized via simple and cost-effective one-step calcination of Ni–Fe based metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and heteroatom containing molecules. The resulting three materials maintain a well-defined porous nanocube morphology with heteroatoms uniformly distributed in the structure. The unique porous structure can effectively provide more active sites and shorten the mass transport distance. Additionally, the introduction of P, B or S can tune the electronic structure, which is favorable for accelerating the charge transfer, and may lead to the formation of the higher average oxidative valence of Ni species during the OER process. Benefiting from the above desirable properties, all three materials exhibit excellent OER electrocatalytic activities and outstanding long-term stability in a home-made zinc air battery. Lastly, this work not only provides a general approach for the synthesis of highly efficient electrocatalysts based on earth-abundant elements but also highlights the potential prospects of MOFs in energy conversion and storage devices.

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  1. Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China). Key Laboratory of Material Chemistry for Energy Conversion and Storage, Ministry of Education, Hubei Key Laboratory of Material Chemistry and Service Failure, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN); Southeast University, Nanjing (China). SEU-FEI Nano-Pico Center, Key Laboratory of MEMS of the Ministry of Education
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)
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Research Org.:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
OSTI Identifier:
1456896
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1434116
Report Number(s):
BNL-205780-2018-JAAM
Journal ID: ISSN 2050-7488; JMCAET
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0012704
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Materials Chemistry. A
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 16; 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; electrocatalysts

Citation Formats

Xuan, Cuijuan, Wang, Jie, Xia, Weiwei, Zhu, Jing, Peng, Zongkai, Xia, Kedong, Xiao, Weiping, Xin, Huolin L., and Wang, Deli. Heteroatom (P, B, or S) incorporated NiFe-based nanocubes as efficient electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1039/C8TA00410B.
Xuan, Cuijuan, Wang, Jie, Xia, Weiwei, Zhu, Jing, Peng, Zongkai, Xia, Kedong, Xiao, Weiping, Xin, Huolin L., & Wang, Deli. Heteroatom (P, B, or S) incorporated NiFe-based nanocubes as efficient electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction. United States. doi:10.1039/C8TA00410B.
Xuan, Cuijuan, Wang, Jie, Xia, Weiwei, Zhu, Jing, Peng, Zongkai, Xia, Kedong, Xiao, Weiping, Xin, Huolin L., and Wang, Deli. Wed . "Heteroatom (P, B, or S) incorporated NiFe-based nanocubes as efficient electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction". United States. doi:10.1039/C8TA00410B. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1456896.
@article{osti_1456896,
title = {Heteroatom (P, B, or S) incorporated NiFe-based nanocubes as efficient electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction},
author = {Xuan, Cuijuan and Wang, Jie and Xia, Weiwei and Zhu, Jing and Peng, Zongkai and Xia, Kedong and Xiao, Weiping and Xin, Huolin L. and Wang, Deli},
abstractNote = {Exploring low-cost and highly efficient electrocatalysts toward the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is of significant importance, although facing great challenges for sustainable energy systems. In this study, amorphous NiFe-based porous nanocubes (Ni–Fe–O–P, Ni–Fe–O–B, and Ni–Fe–O–S) are successfully synthesized via simple and cost-effective one-step calcination of Ni–Fe based metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and heteroatom containing molecules. The resulting three materials maintain a well-defined porous nanocube morphology with heteroatoms uniformly distributed in the structure. The unique porous structure can effectively provide more active sites and shorten the mass transport distance. Additionally, the introduction of P, B or S can tune the electronic structure, which is favorable for accelerating the charge transfer, and may lead to the formation of the higher average oxidative valence of Ni species during the OER process. Benefiting from the above desirable properties, all three materials exhibit excellent OER electrocatalytic activities and outstanding long-term stability in a home-made zinc air battery. Lastly, this work not only provides a general approach for the synthesis of highly efficient electrocatalysts based on earth-abundant elements but also highlights the potential prospects of MOFs in energy conversion and storage devices.},
doi = {10.1039/C8TA00410B},
journal = {Journal of Materials Chemistry. A},
number = 16,
volume = 6,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {3}
}

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