The LaNiO3 perovskite was chosen for incorporation into a nickel matrix in order to obtain a metallic composite electrode suitable for improving the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in commercial water electrolysis at elevated temperature. The manufactured LaNiO3 + Ni composite coatings were deposited in a Watts type nickel electrolyte in a specially designed beaker with continuous particle circulation. Activity of the composite coatings was evaluated using cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and anodic potentiodynamic polarization measurements. The obtained results were compared to a non-catalysed Watts nickel reference sample and the electrochemical measurements confirmed that the coating decreased the OER overpotential by 70 mV. XRD furthermore revealed that a LaNiO3 + Ni composite structure was obtained. Conventional alkaline water electrolysis was carried out at a temperature of 120 °C and a current densities of 0.2 and 0.8 A cm-2. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) were used for characterization of the morphology.
Egelund, S., Caspersen, M., Nikiforov, A. V., & Møller, P. (2016). Manufacturing of a LaNiO3 composite electrode for oxygen evolution in commercial alkaline water electrolysis. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41(24), 10152-10160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.05.013