Strain stabilized nickel hydroxide nanoribbons for efficient water splitting

X. P. Wang, H. J. Wu, S. B. Xi, W. S.V. Lee, J. Zhang, Z. H. Wu, J. O. Wang, T. D. Hu, L. M. Liu, Yu Han, S. W. Chee, S. C. Ning, U. Mirsaidov, Z. B. Wang, Y. W. Zhang, A. Borgna, J. Wang, Y. H. Du, Z. G. Yu, S. J. PennycookJ. M. Xue

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Development of efficient and durable oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts has a direct impact on the water splitting efficiency and cost effectiveness. In this work, we report the successful synthesis of a new Ni(OH)2 structure, strain-stabilized Ni(OH)2 nanoribbons (NR-Ni(OH)2) two to three layers thick, with widths of 2-5 nm, via an electro-oxidation route. Conventional Ni(OH)2 usually has negligible OER activity, while NR-Ni(OH)2 shows high activity for the oxygen evolution reaction and an overpotential of 162 millivolts and furthermore exhibits long-term stability in alkaline electrolyte. The substantial reduction in the overpotential of NR-Ni(OH)2 is due to its easier OOH∗ adsorption by the active four-coordinated Ni edge sites. The enhanced catalytic activity of NR-Ni(OH)2 makes it an excellent candidate for industrial applications.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-237
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 21 2019


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