Electronic structure modulation with ultrafine Fe3O4 nanoparticles on 2D Ni-based metal-organic framework layers for enhanced oxygen evolution reaction

Wei Huang, Chao Peng, Jing Tang, Fangyuan Diao, Murat Nulati Yesibolati, Hongyu Sun, Christian Engelbrekt*, Jingdong Zhang, Xinxin Xiao*, Kristian Mølhave*

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Two-dimensional (2D) metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are emerging as low-cost oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts, however, suffering aggregation and poor operation stability. Herein, ultrafine Fe3O4 nanoparticles (diameter: 6 ± 2 nm) are homogeneously immobilized on 2D Ni based MOFs (Ni-BDC, thickness: 5 ± 1 nm) to improve the OER stability. Electronic structure modulation for enhanced catalytic activity is studied via adjusting the amount of Fe3O4 nanoparticles on Ni-BDC. The optimal Fe3O4/Ni-BDC achieves the best OER performance with an overpotential of 295 mV at 10 mA cm-2, a Tafel slope of 47.8 mV dec-1 and a considerable catalytic durability of more than 40 h (less than 5 h for Ni-BDC alone). DFT calculations confirm that the active sites for Fe3O4/Ni-BDC are mainly contributed by Fe species with a higher oxidation state, and the potential-determining step (PDS) is the formation of the adsorbed O* species, which are facilitated in the composite.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Energy Chemistry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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