High-entropy oxide (HEO) nanoparticles have been regarded as a promising catalytic material system for oxygen evolution reaction in recent years. However, their traditional physical and chemical synthesis remains challenges due to the limitation of fabricating controllable small size HEO nanoparticles. Herein, a general and novel method of low-energy-recoil ion implantation and subsequent annealing is successfully developed to synthesize high-entropy oxide nanoparticles catalysts. By controlling the fluence of irradiation Ar+ ions, the size and the load of HEO nanoparticles can be accurately controlled. The obtained (FeCoNiCrAl)O HEO nanoparticles exhibit an overpotential of 295 mV at 10 mA cm−2, a small Tafel slope of 39 mV dec−1 and good stability in 1 M KOH, which is much better than the properties of binary and medium entropy oxide counterparts prepared by the same method, showing the good application prospect of low-energy-recoil ion implantation in the preparation of complicated multi-element-metal oxide nanoparticles.
A general method to synthesize high-entropy oxide nanoparticles by low-energy-recoil ion implantation for efficient oxygen evolution reaction
Shixin Wu, Huizhou Zhong, Shuangfeng Jia, Derun Li, Tao Jiang, Yichao Liu, Hengyi Wu, Guangxu Cai, Feng Ren; A general method to synthesize high-entropy oxide nanoparticles by low-energy-recoil ion implantation for efficient oxygen evolution reaction. Appl. Phys. Rev. 1 September 2023; 10 (3): 031420. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0155397
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