Boosting the Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution of Perovskite LaCo1−xFexO3 by the Construction of Yolk-Shell Nanostructures and Electronic Modulation

Bian Bao, Yana Liu, Mingzi Sun, Bolong Huang, Yang Hu, Pengfei Da, Deguang Ji, Pinxian Xi, Chun Hua Yan

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Abstract

Realizing the rational design of perovskite oxides with controllable compositions and nanostructures remains a tremendous challenge for the development of efficient electrocatalysts. Herein, a ligand-assisted synthetic strategy to fabricate perovskite oxides LaCo1−xFexO3 with yolk-shell nanostructures is developed. Benefiting from the unique structural and compositional merits, LaCo0.75Fe0.25O3 exhibits an overpotential of 310 mV at a current density of 10 mA cm−2 and long-term stability of 100 h for the oxygen evolution reaction. In situ Raman spectroscopy demonstrates that Fe substitution facilitates the pre-oxidation of Co sites and induces the surface reconstruction into active Co oxyhydroxides at a relatively lower applied potential, guaranteeing excellent catalytic performances. Density functional theory calculations unravel that the appropriate introduction of Fe into perovskite LaCoO3 leads to the improved electroactivity and durability of the catalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Fe-3d orbitals show a pinning effect on Co-3d orbitals to maintain the stable valence state of Co sites at the low overpotential of the OER. Furthermore, Zn–air batteries (ZABs) assembled with LaCo0.75Fe0.25O3 display a high open circuit potential of 1.47 V, superior energy density of 905 Wh kg−1 Zn, and excellent stability in a large temperature range. This work supplies novel insights into the future developments of perovskite-based electrocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2201131
JournalSmall
Volume18
Issue number26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • electronic modulations
  • oxygen evolution reaction
  • surface reconstruction
  • yolk-shell nanostructures
  • zinc–air batteries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Chemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • General Materials Science

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