Surface modulated Fe doping of β-Ni(OH)2 nanosheets for highly promoted oxygen evolution electrocatalysis

Shuisheng Hu, Yong Li, Daekyu Kim, Mengjie Liu, Lawrence Yoon Suk Lee, Kwok-Yin Wong

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Abstract Active yet low-cost electrocatalysts for water oxidation are crucial for the development of hydrogen energy economy. The Fe doping into Ni(OH)2 dramatically enhances catalytic activity toward oxygen evolution reaction (OER) but fabricating Ni(OH)2 of high Fe loading is still challenging. Herein, we report a one-pot strategy to prepare disordered ?-Ni(OH)2 nanosheets with a high Fe doping level (9.9 at%, D-Fe-Ni(OH)2). By engaging 1,4-phenylenediphosphonic acid (BDPA), FexBDPAy precursors are in situ generated in a growth solution containing Fe3+ ions, which decrease the reaction kinetics of Ni2+ and Fe3+ ions at the surface of Ni foam. This prevents the deconstructive hydrolysis by Fe3+ ions and enables a high Fe-doping in D-Fe-Ni(OH)2. The as-prepared D-Fe-Ni(OH)2 affords 10 mA?cm?2 at an ultralow OER overpotential of 194?mV in alkaline media. This work offers a promising strategy of engaging organic ligands to achieve high-doping levels for the construction of efficient electrocatalysts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e12256
Number of pages11
Issue numbern/a
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Jul 2022


  • electrocatalysis
  • high Fe doping
  • in situ Raman spectroscopy
  • nickel–iron hydroxide
  • oxygen evolution reaction


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