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CuO nanowire@Co3O4 ultrathin nanosheet core-shell arrays: An effective catalyst for oxygen evolution reaction

CuO nanowire@Co3O4 ultrathin nanosheet core-shell arrays: An effective catalyst for oxygen evolution reaction
Well-aligned CuO nanowire@Co3O4 nanosheet core-shell array was successfully fabricated on carbon fibers by multi-step electrodeposition combined with thermal treatment and applied as the binder- and conductive-agent-free anode for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in water electrolysis process. Such an anode revealed an overpotential of 258±3.2mV at a current density of 10mAcm−2 in 1.0molL−1 KOH solution, which is much lower than that of pure CuO nanowires or Co3O4 nanosheets based electrode. This should be attributed to the smart hybridization of CuO nanowires and Co3O4 nanosheets into hierarchical core/shell array configuration which could largely increase the amount of contact areas between electrolyte and active sites. Moreover, it is found that the Cu2+ in CuO/Co3O4 composite was oxidized to Cu3+ components during the OER process, which should serve as the new catalytic active sites for OER. It is expected to provide a novel route to prepare such a core-shell electrocatalyst with high performance for water splitting.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0013468617317012

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