Boron, nitrogen co-doped biomass-derived carbon aerogel embedded nickel-cobalt-iron nanoparticles as a promising electrocatalyst for oxygen evolution reaction

Runqing Lu, Daniel Kobina Sam, Wenbo Wang, Shanhe Gong, Jun Liu, Arulappan Durairaj, Mengxian Li, Xiaomeng Lv

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Abstract

The electrocatalytic performance of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts is highly reliant on the activity of its catalytic active site, which may be augmented by raising the number of active sites. In this study, nanoscaled nickel–cobalt-iron (NiCoFe) alloy was embedded on conductive boron(B), nitrogen(N) co-doped/biomass-derived carbon aerogel as an OER electrocatalyst. The synthesized electrocatalysts were calcined under different temperatures and with variable dopants. The optimal electrocatalyst (BN/CA-NiCoFe-600) demonstrated a low overpotential of 321 mV (at current density of 10 mA cm−2) and a minute Tafel slope of 42 mV dec-1, which was even smaller than that of IrO2 and RuO2. Its mass activity and specific activity were calculated to be 201.7 A g−1, and 34.1 cm−2 ECSA, respectively. Furthermore, the electrocatalyst showed excellent stability and durability. This work provides an easy and practical synthetic strategy for acquiring very active and durable electrocatalysts for OER.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-135
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Volume613
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Active sites
  • Aerogel
  • Alloy
  • Biomass
  • Doped

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