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Au/NiCo2O4 Arrays with High Activity for Water Oxidation

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  • Xijun Liu,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, 100029 (P.R. China)
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  • Prof. Junfeng Liu,

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, 100029 (P.R. China)
    • State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, 100029 (P.R. China)

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  • Yaping Li,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, 100029 (P.R. China)
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  • Yingjie Li,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, 100029 (P.R. China)
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  • Prof. Xiaoming Sun

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, 100029 (P.R. China)
    • State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, 100029 (P.R. China)

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Abstract

The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is a critical step in water splitting to produce hydrogen. In this report, Au/NiCo2O4 nanorod arrays with high activity for OER have been fabricated by a facile hydrothermal method followed by a reduction process. The Au/NiCo2O4 nanoarrays exhibited OER activity that was almost four times higher than that of Ir/C (at 1.75 V vs. RHE), and a small Tafel slope (63 mV decade−1). Moreover, this Au/NiCo2O4 hybrid-array electrode showed good stability in alkaline solution, which is required of an active anode for water electrolysis.

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