NiOOH Exfoliation-Free Nickel Octahedra as Highly Active and Durable Electrocatalysts Toward the Oxygen Evolution Reaction in an Alkaline Electrolyte

Byeongyoon Kim, Aram Oh, Mrinal Kanti Kabiraz, Youngmin Hong, Jinwhan Joo, Hionsuck Baik, Sang Il Choi, Kwangyeol Lee

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A layered β-NiOOH crystal with undercoordinated facets is an active and economically viable nonnoble catalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline electrolytes. However, it is extremely difficult to enclose the β-NiOOH crystal with undercoordinated facets because of its inevitable crystal transformation to γ-NiOOH, resulting in the exfoliation of the catalytic surfaces. Herein, we demonstrate {111}-faceted Ni octahedra as the parent substrates whose surfaces are easily transformed to catalytically active β-NiOOH during the alkaline OER. Electron microscopic measurements demonstrate that the horizontally stacked β-NiOOH on the surfaces of Ni octahedra has resistance to further oxidation to γ-NiOOH. By contrast, significant crystal transformation and thus the exfoliation of the γ-NiOOH sheets can be observed on the surfaces of Ni cubes and rhombic dodecahedra (RDs). Electrocatalytic measurements show that the β-NiOOH formed on Ni octahedra exhibits highly enhanced OER durability compared to the Ni cubes, Ni RDs, and the state-of-the-art Ir/C catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10115-10122
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 28


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