Efficient water splitting electrolysis on a platinum-free tungsten carbide electrocatalyst in molten CsH2PO4 at 350–390 °C

P. Bretzler, K. Köhler, Aleksey Valerievich Nikiforov, Erik Christensen, Rolf W. Berg*, Niels J. Bjerrum

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Abstract

Tungsten carbide is investigated as cathode in the electrocatalytic water splitting in molten CsH2PO4 in the medium temperature range from 350 to 390 °C. The electrocatalytic activity of tungsten carbide improves with increasing temperature and at 390 °C surpasses that of platinum. Hydrogen is formed during the electrolysis as confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. The tungsten carbide coating of the electrode is stable during electrolysis for at least 63 min at 350 °C and undergoes no apparent change even at 390 °C. The use of molten CsH2PO4 as electrolyte in the medium temperature range allows for the development of abundant and cheap catalysts for the electrochemical water splitting.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume45
Issue number41
Pages (from-to)21262-21272
ISSN0360-3199
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • CsHPO (CDP)
  • Hydrogen evolution reaction (HER)
  • Medium temperature water electrolysis
  • Non-platinum electrocatalyst
  • Tungsten carbide

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