3 years ago

Core–Shell ZIF-8@ZIF-67-Derived CoP Nanoparticle-Embedded N-Doped Carbon Nanotube Hollow Polyhedron for Efficient Overall Water Splitting

Core–Shell
ZIF-8@ZIF-67-Derived CoP Nanoparticle-Embedded
N-Doped Carbon Nanotube Hollow Polyhedron for Efficient Overall
Water Splitting
Yu Wang, Konglin Wu, Qing Peng, Chen Chen, Yunqi Liu, Yuan Pan, Weng-Chon Cheong, Yadong Li, Xing Cao, Shoujie Liu, Zheng Chen, Dingsheng Wang, Yang Li, Kaian Sun
The construction of highly active and stable non-noble-metal electrocatalysts for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions is a major challenge for overall water splitting. Herein, we report a novel hybrid nanostructure with CoP nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in a N-doped carbon nanotube hollow polyhedron (NCNHP) through a pyrolysis–oxidation–phosphidation strategy derived from core–shell ZIF-8@ZIF-67. Benefiting from the synergistic effects between highly active CoP NPs and NCNHP, the CoP/NCNHP hybrid exhibited outstanding bifunctional electrocatalytic performances. When the CoP/NCNHP was employed as both the anode and cathode for overall water splitting, a potential as low as 1.64 V was needed to achieve the current density of 10 mA·cm–2, and it still exhibited superior activity after continuously working for 36 h with nearly negligible decay in potential. Density functional theory calculations indicated that the electron transfer from NCNHP to CoP could increase the electronic states of the Co d-orbital around the Fermi level, which could increase the binding strength with H and therefore improve the electrocatalytic performance. The strong stability is attributed to high oxidation resistance of the CoP surface protected by the NCNHP.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b12420

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b12420

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