SILAR deposited iron phosphate as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for efficient water splitting.

Author(s) Babar, P.T.; Lokhande, A.C.; Shim, H.J.; Gang, M.G.; Pawar, B.S.; Pawar, S.M.; Kim, J.Hyeok
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2019 Jan 15

The development of efficient and earth-abundant electrocatalysts for overall water splitting is important but still challenging. Herein, iron phosphate (FePi) electrode is synthesized using a successive ionic layer deposition and reaction (SILAR) method on a nickel foam substrate at room temperature and is used as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting. The prepared FePi electrodes show excellent electrocatalytic activity and stability for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The FePi electrode exhibits low overpotential of 230 mV and 157 mV towards the OER and HER, respectively, with superior long-term stability. As a result, an electrolyzer that exploits FePi as both the anode and the cathode is constructed, which requires a cell potential of 1.67 V to deliver a 10 mA cm current density in 1 M KOH solution. The exceptional features of the catalyst lie in its structure and active metal sites, increasing surface area, accelerated electron transport and promoted reaction kinetics. This study may provide a facile and scalable approach to design a high-efficiency, earth-abundant electrocatalyst for water splitting.

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2018.09.015
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2019;534:350356.

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