Continuous hydrothermal flow synthesis (CHFS) of Ni-Fe Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) leads to waterborne dispersions of 2D nanoplatelets in the range of 10-50 nm in lateral size. Conversion of the as-synthesized LDH nanoplatelet dispersion into inkjet printing inks results in high precision patterning and complete substrate coverage with low LDH loadings in the range of µg·cm−2. The Ni-Fe LDHs’ anisotropy induces a preferential in-plane alignment to a glassy carbon substrate producing low porosity films. Thin Ni-Fe LDH films in the submicrometer range exhibit superior electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), with an overpotential of 270 mV at 10 mA·cm−2 and a Tafel slope of 32 mV·dec−1. The particle alignment induces a loading-independent electrochemical performance of the Ni-Fe LDH electrodes. The combination of CHFS and inkjet printing represents a promising hyphenation of large-scale synthesis and electrode production.
- 2D materials
- Layered double hydroxide
- Oxygen evolution reaction
- Continuous hydrothermal syntesis
- Inkjet printing