Highly stable three-dimensional nickel–iron oxyhydroxide catalysts for oxygen evolution reaction at high current densities

Feng Yan, Chunling Zhu, Chunyan Li, Shen Zhang, Xitian Zhang, Yujin Chen

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Mixed Ni–Fe catalysts have showed excellent activities towards oxygen evolution reaction (OER), however, the long-term stability at high current densities has not been well-documented. Here we fabricate three-dimensional (3D) self-supported Ni1-x-FexOOH/carbon fiber cloth (CFC) electrodes for highly efficient oxygen evolution through in situ electrochemical activation of the corresponding 3D Ni1-x-FexS/CFC precursors. The activated Ni–Fe electrodes exhibit remarkably enhanced OER activities compared to the pure Ni and Fe catalysts and the highest OER activity is achieved as x = 0.30. To drive current densities of 100 and 200 mA cm−2, the 3D Ni0.70Fe0.30OOH/CFC electrode in 1.0 M KOH only requires overpotentials of 200 and 205 mV, respectively, outperforming the commercial IrO2catalyst and all previously reported Ni–Fe catalysts. Furthermore, the Ni0.70Fe0.30OOH/CFC electrode can continuously operate at >350 mA cm−2over 100 hours with a negligible current loss in 1.0 M KOH. Such excellent activity and robust long-term stability at high current density demonstrate that the 3D Ni–Fe catalysts can applied in industry for large-scale oxygen production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-779
Number of pages10
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • electrocatalysts
  • nickel–iron oxyhydroxide
  • three-dimensional electrode
  • water splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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