Fluorographdiyne: A Metal-Free Catalyst for Applications in Water Reduction and Oxidation

Chengyu Xing, Yurui Xue, Bolong Huang, Huidi Yu, Lan Hui, Yan Fang, Yuxin Liu, Yingjie Zhao, Zhibo Li, Yuliang Li

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A highly efficient bifunctional metal-free catalyst was prepared by growth of three-dimensional porous fluorographdiyne networks on carbon cloth (p-FGDY/CC). Our experiments and density functional theory (DFT) calculations show the 3D p-FGDY/CC network is highly active and it is a high potential metal-free catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER), as well as overall water splitting (OWS) under both acidic and alkaline conditions. The experimental and theoretical results show very good consistency; for example, in the HER process, p-FGDY/CC exhibits small overpotentials of 82 and 92 mV to achieve 10 mA cm−2 under alkaline and acidic conditions, respectively. This ensures an even higher selectivity for the adsorption/desorption of various O/H intermediate species. The essential key promotion accomplishes a bifunctional H2O redox performance application under pH-universal electrochemical conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13897-13903
Number of pages7
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2019


  • carbon materials
  • fluorographdiyne
  • oxygen evolution reaction
  • water splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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