Enhanced Bifunctional Catalytic Activity of Cobalt Phosphide Flowers Anchored N-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide for Hydrogen and Oxygen Evolution

Thazhe Veettil Vineesh, Usha Vijayakumar Anagha, Naduvile Purayil Dileep, Haritha Cheraparambil, Jyothish Nambeesan, Manikoth M. Shaijumon

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Abstract

In this work, we demonstrate morphology-controlled synthesis of flower-like cobalt phosphide decorated on nitrogen doped reduced graphene oxide (NrGO), which act as bifunctional electrocatalysts toward both hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The as-synthesized CoP-NrGO, formed via hydrothermal reaction followed by gas-solid reaction, attains an OER current density of 10 mA cm−2 at an overpotential of 0.38 V, which is on par with that of its Co(OH)2-NrGO counterpart and the benchmarked IrO2 catalyst. On the other hand, the conversion of Co(OH)2 to CoP is seen to improve its HER performance drastically. CoP-NrGO reached a current density of 10 mA cm−2 at an overpotential of 0.184 V which is 0.204 V anodic to Co(OH)2-NrGO. The improved performance could be attributed to reduced charge transfer resistance following the phosphidation process. From the comparison of the electrocatalytic performance of the catalysts, it can be inferred that phosphidation has a considerable effect only on the cathodic HER.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3319-3323
Number of pages5
JournalChemElectroChem
Volume7
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • bifunctional catalyst
  • electrocatalysis
  • metal phosphides
  • Non-precious
  • water splitting

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