Co2P@NiCo2O4 bi-functional electrocatalyst with low overpotential for water splitting in wide range pH electrolytes.

Affiliation

State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, Nanotechnology Research Center, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, People's Republic of China. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

The Co2P@NiCo2O4 bi-functional electrocatalyst was fabricated for hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction in acidic, neutral and alkaline media. The Co2P@NiCo2O4 in alkaline media exhibites an extremely low overpotential of 170 mV in oxygen evolution to achieve a current density of 10 mA cm-2 and produces stable water splitting nearly 30 h. The anchored-Co2P can enhance the electrochemical performance of pristine NiCo2O4 as well as increase the tolerance in acidic media of NiCo2O4. Additional, the Co2P is oxidized to oxides/hydroxides species during the electrocatalytic reaction, which acts as the active centers of the electrocatalysis. The Co2P@NiCo2O4 catalyst can be used as an effective bifunctional synergistic center in a wide range of pH values (from 0 to 14).

Keywords

Bi-functional electrocatalyst,Co(2)P@NiCo(2)O(4),Overpotantial,Oxides/hydroxides species,