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Stabilizing Double Perovskite for Effective Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalysis in Alkaline Conditions

Stabilizing Double Perovskite for Effective Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalysis in Alkaline Conditions
Meng Li, Babak Shalchi Amirkhiz, Jian Chen, Yi-Fei Sun, Jing-Li Luo, Yimin Zeng, Ya-Qian Zhang, Bin Hua, Ning Yan
Oxygen electrocatalysis is at the heart of the emerging energy conversion and storage devices including reversible fuel cells and metal-air batteries. However, replacing the noble-metal-based oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts with affordable and robust alternatives remains challenging to date. Herein, we report a cation-ordered double perovskite oxide, i.e., PrBa0.85Ca0.15MnFeO5+δ, with excellent stability and activity in both OER and ORR. The layered crystal structure provides ordered oxygen vacancy channels and a vast amount of surface oxygen defects, while the moderate amount of iron dopant keeps the B-site cations at high oxidation state with optimal eg fillings. Importantly, the DFT calculations along with the advanced TEM analysis verify that the incorporation of Ca at the A-site stabilizes the perovskite structure under potential bias. Such a bifunctional catalyst shows comparable, if not better, activity relative to the state-of-the-art perovskite oxides (e.g., Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3−δ) while demonstrating remarkably enhanced robustness. This work presents a rational approach of designing efficient, robust, and cost-effective perovskite oxide for oxygen electrocatalysis and sheds light on the influences of the crystallographic structure on the catalytic property.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b01114

DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b01114

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