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Title: Activity of Water Oxidation on Pure and (Fe, Ni, and Cu)-Substituted Co3O4
Authors: Bothra, Pallavi
Pati, Swapan Kumar
Keywords: Oxygen Evolution Reaction
Oxide Surfaces
Cobalt Oxides
Metal Oxides
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Citation: Bothra, P.; Pati, S. K., Activity of Water Oxidation on Pure and (Fe, Ni, and Cu)-Substituted Co3O4. Acs Energy Letters 2016, 1 (4), 858-862
ACS Energy Letters
Abstract: Co-based oxides have recently emerged as suitable electrocatalysts for the water oxidation reaction due to their low cost and high activity. Here, we present a comparative study of the electrochemical behavior of pure and metal ion -substituted cobalt oxides, Co3O4(110) and MxCo3-xO4(110), (M = Fe, Ni, Cu; x = 25% and 50%) in order to elucidate the effect of the cation distribution in the surface of the crystal lattice. We have used density functional theory calculations with on-site Coulomb repulsion of the energetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) on these surfaces, and substantial work has been targeted to understand the relation between structure, mechanism, and activity. The activity of the substituted spinels increases relative to that of pure Co3O4, with a considerable decrease in overpotential values. This agrees well with the experimental findings. We find the activity of the Co-based oxides toward the OER is in the following order where we have considered that 02 evolution occurs at the substituent site: Fe Co3-xO4 (x = 50%) (0.77 V) > pure Co3O4 (0.76 V) > FexCo3-xO4 (x = 25%) (0.69 V) > Ni(x)So(3-x)O(4) (x = 50%) (0.61 V) > CuxCo3-xO4 (x = 50%) (0.56 V) > NixCo3-xO4 (x = 25%) (0.53 V) > CuxCo3-xO4 (x = 25%) (0.41 V). Our results indicate that 25% Cu-substituted Co3O4 has by far the lowest overpotential value of 0.41 V.
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ISSN: 2380-8195
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