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MOF-Derived Formation of Ni2P–CoP Bimetallic Phosphides with Strong Interfacial Effect toward Electrocatalytic Water Splitting

MOF-Derived Formation of Ni2P–CoP Bimetallic Phosphides with Strong Interfacial Effect toward Electrocatalytic Water Splitting
Juntao Zhang, Xin Liang, Zhongbin Zhuang, Bingxia Zheng, Biaohua Chen, Ligang Chen
Bimetallic phosphides have attracted research interest for their synergistic effect and superior electrocatalytic activities for electrocatalytic water splitting. Herein, a MOF-derived phosphorization approach was developed to produce Ni2P–CoP bimetallic phosphides as bifunctional electrocatalysts for both hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions (HER and OER). Ni2P–CoP shows superior electrocatalytic activities to both pure Ni2P and CoP toward HER and OER, revealing a strong synergistic effect. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy elemental mapping analysis show that, in the sample Ni2P–CoP, the Ni2P and CoP nanoparticles with an average particle size 10–20 nm were mixed closely on the nanoscale, creating numerous Ni2P/CoP interfaces. By comparison with the sample Ni2P+CoP, in which seldom Ni2P/CoP interfaces exist, we documented that the Ni2P/CoP interface is an essential prerequisite to realize the synergistic effect and to achieve the enhanced electrocatalytic activities in Ni2P–CoP bimetallic phosphides. This finding is meaningful for designing and developing bicomponent and even multicomponent electrocatalysts.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b06152

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b06152

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