Photoelectrochemical water splitting is a promising approach to enhance the efficiency of water splitting. However, it is still challenging to develop an efficient oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalyst that can be coupled with light due to inefficient light utilization. Here, we demonstrate that N, Fe-co-doped CoS2 (N, Fe-CoS2) nanorod arrays can act as a highly efficient photo-coupled electrochemical OER catalyst. In dark conditions, the N, Fe-doped CoS2 on self-supported stainless steel (SS) mesh shows a small OER overpotential (215 mV) at a current density of 10 mA cm-2, a reduced Tafel slope (43.2 mV dec-1), and negligible activity decay after 10 000 cycles. Upon visible-NIR light illumination, the N, Fe-doped anode exhibits superior photoelectrochemical performance because of the enhanced photoresponse, excellent light harvesting ability and promoted interfacial kinetics of charge separation. Our well-designed photoelectrochemical OER electrode can not only serve as a light absorption semiconductor but also the active catalytic sites for the OER reaction; the electrode composed of the single phase can efficiently avoid photocarrier recombination at the grain boundary. This study provides an insight into photoanode synthesis for photoelectrochemical OER and offers guidance on the future electrocatalyst design.
- oxygen evolution reaction
- transition-metal dichalcogenides
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)