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Metallic Transition Metal Selenide Holey Nanosheets for Efficient Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysis

Metallic Transition Metal Selenide Holey Nanosheets for Efficient Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysis
Shengqi Wang, Chunshuang Yan, Xiaojun Wu, Lele Peng, Haifeng Lv, Yue Zhu, Guihua Yu, Zhiwei Fang, Pranav Kalyani
Catalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are pivotal to the scalable storage of sustainable energy by means of converting water to oxygen and hydrogen fuel. Designing efficient electrocatalysis combining the features of excellent electrical conductivity, abundant active surface, and structural stability remains a critical challenge. Here, we report the rational design and controlled synthesis of metallic transition metal selenide NiCo2Se4-based holey nanosheets as a highly efficient and robust OER electrocatalyst. Benefiting from synergistic effects of metallic nature, heteroatom doping, and holey nanoarchitecture, NiCo2Se4 holey nanosheets exhibit greatly enhanced kinetics and improved cycling stability for OER. When further employed as an alkaline electrolyzer, the NiCo2Se4 holey nanosheet electrocatalyst enables a high-performing overall water splitting with a low applied external potential of 1.68 V at 10 mA cm–2. This work not only represents a promising strategy to design the efficient and robust OER catalysts but also provides fundamental insights into the structure−property−performance relationship of transition metal selenide-based electrocatalytic materials.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.7b05481

DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b05481

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