The sluggish kinetics associated with the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) limits the sustainability of fuel production and chemical synthesis. Developing catalysts based on Earth abundant elements with a reasonable strategy could solve the challenge. Here, we present a heterostructure built from CrOx and CuS whose interface gives rise to the advent of new functionalities in catalytic activity. Using X-ray photoelectron and absorption spectroscopies, we identified the multiple oxidation states and low coordination number of Cr metal in CrOx-CuS heterostructure. Benefitting from these features, CrOx-CuS generates oxygen gas through water splitting with a low over potential of 190 mV vs RHE at a current density of 10 mA cm− 2. The catalyst shows no evident deactivation after a 36-hours operation in alkaline medium. The high catalytic activity, inspired by first principles calculations, and long-time durability make it one of the most effective OER electrocatalysts.

Interfacing CrOx and CuS for synergistically enhanced water oxidation catalysis

Tofik Ahmed Shifa
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Kassa Belay Ibrahim;Alberto Vomiero
2022-01-01

Abstract

The sluggish kinetics associated with the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) limits the sustainability of fuel production and chemical synthesis. Developing catalysts based on Earth abundant elements with a reasonable strategy could solve the challenge. Here, we present a heterostructure built from CrOx and CuS whose interface gives rise to the advent of new functionalities in catalytic activity. Using X-ray photoelectron and absorption spectroscopies, we identified the multiple oxidation states and low coordination number of Cr metal in CrOx-CuS heterostructure. Benefitting from these features, CrOx-CuS generates oxygen gas through water splitting with a low over potential of 190 mV vs RHE at a current density of 10 mA cm− 2. The catalyst shows no evident deactivation after a 36-hours operation in alkaline medium. The high catalytic activity, inspired by first principles calculations, and long-time durability make it one of the most effective OER electrocatalysts.
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