Bimetallic Oxyhydroxide as a High-Performance Water Oxidation Electrocatalyst under Industry-Relevant Conditions

Jiaxin Yuan, Xiaodi Cheng, Chaojun Lei, Bin Yang, Zhongjian Li, Kun Luo, K. H. Koko Lam, Lecheng Lei, Yang Hou, Kostya Ken Ostrikov

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Developing high-performing oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts under high-current operation conditions is critical for future commercial applications of alkaline water electrolysis for clean energy generation. Herein, we prepared a three-dimensional (3D) bimetallic oxyhydroxide hybrid grown on a Ni foam (NiFeOOH/NF) prepared by immersing Ni foam (NF) into Fe(NO3)3 solution. In this unique 3D structure, the NiFeOOH/NF hybrid was composed of crystalline Ni(OH)2 and amorphous FeOOH evenly grown on the NF surface. As a bimetallic oxyhydroxide electrocatalyst, the NiFeOOH/NF hybrid exhibited excellent catalytic activity, surpassing not only the other reported Ni–Fe based electrocatalysts, but also the commercial Ir/C catalyst. In situ electrochemical Raman spectroscopy demonstrated the active FeOOH and NiOOH phases involved in the OER process. Profiting from the synergy of Fe and Ni catalytic sites, the NiFeOOH/NF hybrid delivered an outstanding OER performance under challenging industrial conditions in a 10.0 mol∙L−1 KOH electrolyte at 80 °C, requiring potentials as small as 1.47 and 1.51 V to achieve the super-high catalytic current densities of 100 and 500 mA∙cm−2, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1306-1312
Number of pages7
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • 3D hybrid
  • Bimetallic oxyhydroxide
  • Electrocatalysis
  • High current density
  • Oxygen evolution reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Engineering(all)


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