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A robust nonprecious CuFe composite as a highly efficient bifunctional catalyst for overall electrochemical water splitting

Inamdar, Akbar I., Chavan, Harish S., Hou, Bo, Lee, Chi Ho, Lee, Sang Uck, Cha, SeungNam, Kim, Hyungsang and Im, Hyunsik 2020. A robust nonprecious CuFe composite as a highly efficient bifunctional catalyst for overall electrochemical water splitting. Small 16 (2) , 1905884. 10.1002/smll.201905884
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Abstract

To generate hydrogen, which is a clean energy carrier, a combination of electrolysis and renewable energy sources is desirable. In particular, for both the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in electrolysis, it is necessary to develop nonprecious, efficient, and durable catalysts. A robust nonprecious copper–iron (CuFe) bimetallic composite is reported that can be used as a highly efficient bifunctional catalyst for overall water splitting in an alkaline medium. The catalyst exhibits outstanding OER and HER activity, and very low OER and HER overpotentials (218 and 158 mV, respectively) are necessary to attain a current density of 10 mA cm−2. When used in a two‐electrode water electrolyzer system for overall water splitting, it not only achieves high durability (even at a very high current density of 100 mA cm−2) but also reduces the potential required to split water into oxygen and hydrogen at 10 mA cm−2 to 1.64 V for 100 h of continuous operation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1613-6810
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 February 2020
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 09:41
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/129564

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