Potentiostatic phase formation of β-CoOOH on pulsed laser deposited biphasic cobalt oxide thin film for enhanced oxygen evolution

M. Mathankumar, S. Anantharaj, A. K. Nandakumar, Subrata Kundu*, B. Subramanian

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Enhancing the electrocatalytic water oxidation activity of an electrocatalyst by altering its solid state properties at the electrode/electrolyte interface is a promising way to minimize the energy loss in water splitting. Atomic layer thin films of biphasic spinels Co3O4 and CoO were fabricated through pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and examined for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). During this process, the biphasic thin film interface of cobalt oxides underwent significant activation after prolonged potentiostatic electrolysis at 1.59 V vs. RHE with pronounced enhancement in its OER activity. The biphasic thin film interface of cobalt oxides required 372 ± 5 mV to drive 10 mA cm-2 which was reduced by 55 mV after activation. The associated lower Tafel slope (55 mV dec-1) implies better kinetics on the activated thin film interface of cobalt oxides. This indicated that the thin film of cobalt oxides must have undergone significant surface reconstruction at the interface. To find out the same, a set of detailed pre- and post-activation material characterization studies were carried out where the results have evidenced that there had been a dominant formation of β-CoOOH along with some Co(OH)2 and KCoO2 as a result of the phenomenon of electrochemical phase (ECP) formation under potentiostatic/galvanostatic activation conditions. A comparative study under identical conditions with the state-of-the-art OER electrocatalyst RuO2 had revealed that the biphasic thin film interface of cobalt oxides had nearly parallel activity before activation and better activity after the construction of β-CoOOH along with some Co(OH)2 and KCoO2via potentiostatic surface reconstruction of the catalytic interface.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)23053-23066
ページ数14
ジャーナルJournal of Materials Chemistry A
5
44
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2017
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 化学 (全般)
  • 再生可能エネルギー、持続可能性、環境
  • 材料科学(全般)

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