Trends in adsorption of electrocatalytic water splitting intermediates on cubic ABO3 oxides

Joseph H. Montoya, Andrew D. Doyle, Jens K. Nørskov, Aleksandra Vojvodic*

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The reactivity of solid oxide surfaces towards adsorption of oxygen and hydrogen is a key metric for the design of new catalysts for electrochemical water splitting. In this paper, we report on trends in the adsorption energy of different adsorbed intermediates derived from the oxidation and reduction of water for ternary ABO3 oxides in the cubic perovskite structure. Our findings support a previously reported trend that rationalizes the observed lower bound in oxygen evolution (OER) overpotentials from correlations in OH∗ and OOH∗ adsorption energies. In addition, we report hydrogen adsorption energies that may be used to estimate hydrogen evolution (HER) overpotentials along with potential metrics for electrochemical metastability in reducing environments. We also report and discuss trends between atom-projected density of states and adsorption energies, which may enable a design criteria from the local electronic structure of the active site.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)3813-3818
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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