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Iron-Doped Nickel Phosphide Nanosheet Arrays: An Efficient Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Water Splitting

Iron-Doped Nickel Phosphide Nanosheet Arrays: An Efficient Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Water Splitting
Shichun Mu, Ibrahim Saana Amiinu, Zongkui Kou, Zhengkai Tu, Zonghua Pu, Min Jiang, Pengyan Wang, Lin Wu, Yanhui Li
Exploring efficient and earth-abundant electrocatalysts for water splitting is crucial for various renewable energy technologies. In this work, iron (Fe)-doped nickel phosphide (Ni2P) nanosheet arrays supported on nickel foam (Ni1.85Fe0.15P NSAs/NF) are fabricated through a facile hydrothermal method, followed by phosphorization. The electrochemical analysis demonstrates that the Ni1.85Fe0.15P NSAs/NF electrode possesses high electrocatalytic activity for water splitting. In 1.0 M KOH, the Ni1.85Fe0.15P NSAs/NF electrode only needs overpotentials of 106 mV at 10 mA cm–2 and 270 mV at 20 mA cm–2 to drive the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER), respectively. Furthermore, the assembled two-electrode (Ni1.85Fe0.15P NSAs/NF∥Ni1.85Fe0.15P NSAs/NF) alkaline water electrolyzer can produce a current density of 10 mA cm–2 at 1.61 V. Remarkably, it can maintain stable electrolysis over 20 h. Thus, this work undoubtedly offers a promising electrocatalyst for water splitting.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b06305

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b06305

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