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Facile Synthesis of IrCu Microspheres Based on Polyol Method and Study on Their Electro-Catalytic Performances to Oxygen Evolution Reaction

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School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266071, China
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College of Life Sciences, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266071, China
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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(8), 1145; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9081145
Received: 5 July 2019 / Revised: 4 August 2019 / Accepted: 8 August 2019 / Published: 10 August 2019
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Abstract

The development of Ir-based catalyst with high efficiency for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in acidic conditions is of great significance to the development of clean energy, but it still remains a significant challenge for shape controlled synthesis of Ir-based catalysts. This article presented a facile one-pot synthesis method that is based on polyol method for preparing IrCu microspheres. In the process of synthesis, formaldehyde solution and ethylene glycol were used as reducing agent and solvent, respectively, while poly(vinylpyrrolidone) was used as surfactant and dispersant, and all of them played important roles in the successful synthesis of Ir-Cu microspheres. The Ir-Cu microspheres, as synthesized, showed well sphere shape and smooth surface, while their alloy features were quite clear and the composition could be adjusted. Benefitting from the synergistic electronic effect between the Iridium and Cupric atoms from the alloy, the IrCu0.77 microspheres exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity towards OER in 0.1 M HClO4 electrolyte, and to achieve 10 mA cm−2, IrCu0.77 microspheres only required the overpotential of 282 mV, which was much lower than that of commercial Ir/C catalysts. View Full-Text
Keywords: IrCu alloy; microspheres; polyol method; electrocatalytic; oxygen evolution reaction IrCu alloy; microspheres; polyol method; electrocatalytic; oxygen evolution reaction
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Liu, X.; Li, Z.; Zhou, L.; Wang, K.; Zhao, X.; Li, Q.; Deng, Y. Facile Synthesis of IrCu Microspheres Based on Polyol Method and Study on Their Electro-Catalytic Performances to Oxygen Evolution Reaction. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 1145.

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