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Interface Synergistic Effect from Hierarchically Porous Cu(OH)2@FCN MOF/CF Nanosheet Arrays Boosting Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution

Key Lab of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Shaanxi Key Laboratory for Carbon Neutral Technology, Northwest University, Xi’an 710010, China
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Catalysts 2022, 12(6), 625; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12060625
Received: 7 May 2022 / Revised: 2 June 2022 / Accepted: 3 June 2022 / Published: 7 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hierarchically Porous Catalysts)
The electrolysis of water is an efficient and environmentally friendly technology for large-scale hydrogen production. However, the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) involves a multi-electron–proton coupling transfer step that limits the efficiency of water splitting. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop electrocatalysts with expected activity and stability to accelerate the kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction. In this paper, hierarchically porous Cu(OH)2@(Fe, Co, Ni)MOF/CF nanosheet (denoted as Cu(OH)2@FCN MOF/CF) arrays were successfully prepared by the hydrothermally induced in situ growth of FCN MOF nanosheets using modified Cu(OH)2 nanowires as carriers; herein, the tuned active species of metal ligands in the FCN MOF composition structure are used as the main catalytic reaction size in the OER. The synergistic effect of a unique porous structure and the active metal-ligand species in the MOF render the catalyst a large electrochemically active surface area and more active species. Then, the active material is fully contacted with the electrolyte to expose more electrochemically active sites, thus greatly improving the electrocatalytic activity and durability of the OER. Specifically, the Cu(OH)2@FCN MOF/CF delivers a minimum overpotential of 290 mV and low Tafel slope of 96.15 mV·dec−1 at 10 mA·cm−2 as well as ultra-long cycling stability. The resulted OER performance is superior to most reported MOF-based electrocatalysts. This novel structural design not only provides a new strategy for the facile preparation of low-cost and high-efficiency OER electrocatalysts but also paves an avenue for the development of other MOF-based composite electrocatalysts with excellent electrocatalytic performances. View Full-Text
Keywords: electrolysis; MOF; hierarchical; porous; activity; oxygen evolution reaction electrolysis; MOF; hierarchical; porous; activity; oxygen evolution reaction
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Li, X.; Zheng, Y.; Yao, H.; Bai, J.; Yue, S.; Guo, X. Interface Synergistic Effect from Hierarchically Porous Cu(OH)2@FCN MOF/CF Nanosheet Arrays Boosting Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution. Catalysts 2022, 12, 625. https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12060625

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Li X, Zheng Y, Yao H, Bai J, Yue S, Guo X. Interface Synergistic Effect from Hierarchically Porous Cu(OH)2@FCN MOF/CF Nanosheet Arrays Boosting Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution. Catalysts. 2022; 12(6):625. https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12060625

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Li, Xue, Yinan Zheng, Hu Yao, Jiayu Bai, Siliang Yue, and Xiaohui Guo. 2022. "Interface Synergistic Effect from Hierarchically Porous Cu(OH)2@FCN MOF/CF Nanosheet Arrays Boosting Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution" Catalysts 12, no. 6: 625. https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12060625

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