An ultrathin VOx-doped NiFe alloy layer (VOx@NiFe) was electrodeposited on the surface of nickel-cobalt phosphide (NiCoP) supported by titanium mesh (TM) to achieve a highly active and low-cost bifunctional electrocatalyst for overall water splitting. VOx doping not only significantly enhances the electrochemical surface areas and the concentration of oxygen vacancies in the NiFe/NiCoP/TM composite, but also greatly improves the surface hydrophilicity. The VOx@NiFe/NiCoP/TM electrode retains a 3D porous structure of NiCoP/TM and exhibits superior electrocatalytic activity for water electrolysis. It requires the overpotentials of merely 45 and 215 mV to deliver the current density of 10 mA cm−2 in 1.0 M KOH for HER and OER, respectively. Meanwhile, the VOx@NiFe/NiCoP/TM electrode also displays robustness and outstanding durability in alkaline medium. Serving as both anode and cathode electrocatalysts in a two-electrode water electrolytic cell, the bifunctional VOx@NiFe/NiCoP/TM electrodes only require a potential of 1.52 and 1.65 V to deliver the current densities of 10 and 50 mA cm−2 with excellent durability. This work provides a design of multilevel porous structure of bifunctional electrocatalysts for energy storage and conversion.
Electrodeposited of ultrathin VOx-doped NiFe layer on porous NiCo phosphide for efficient overall water splitting
Xueying Yang, Xiuhang Wang, Tingwen Zhao, Yi Ma, Zenglin Wang, Chuan Zhao; Electrodeposited of ultrathin VOx-doped NiFe layer on porous NiCo phosphide for efficient overall water splitting. Appl. Phys. Lett. 6 September 2021; 119 (10): 103902. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0061856
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