Hierarchical macroporous carbon foam decorated with cobalt oxide nanoparticles exhibit excellent performance for oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The observed electrocatalytic performance is rationalized by the overall 3D macroporous structure and with the firmly integrated CNTs directly grown on the foam. The work is a collaboration with Prof. Mikkola (Umeå, Sweden). The results are published in the journal of Scientific Reports.
Tung Ngoc Pham, Tiva Sharifi, Robin Sandström, William Siljebo, Andrey Shchukarev, Krisztian Kordas, Thomas Wågberg, and Jyri-Pekka Mikkola
Scientific Reports, 7, 6112 (2017) (Download)
Herein we report a 3D heterostructure comprising a hierarchical macroporous carbon foam that incorporates mesoporous carbon nanotubes decorated with cobalt oxide nanoparticles as an unique and highly efficient electrode material for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in electrocatalytic water splitting. The best performing electrode material showed high stability after 10 h, at constant potential of 1.7 V vs. RHE (reversible hydrogen electrode) in a 0.1 M KOH solution and high electrocatalytic activity in OER with low overpotential (0.38 V vs RHE at 10 mA cm−2). The excellent electrocatalytic performance of the electrode is rationalized by the overall 3D macroporous structure and with the firmly integrated CNTs directly grown on the foam, resulting in a large specific surface area, good electrical conductivity, as well as an efficient electrolyte transport into the whole electrode matrix concurrent with an ability to quickly dispose oxygen bubbles into the electrolyte. The eminent properties of the three-dimensional structured carbon matrix, which can be synthesized through a simple, scalable and cost effective pyrolysis process show that it has potential to be implemented in large-scale water electrolysis systems.
This work was performed in collaboration with Prof. Guangzhi Hu from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Here we report the microwave-assisted synthesis of Mo-doped FeNi3 nanoparticles as excellent oxygen evolution electrocatalyst. Our results were published in the journal of Electrochemistry Communications.
Hangjia Shen, Eduardo Gracia-Espino, Le Wang, Dan feng Qin, Sanshuang Gao, Xamxikamar Mamat, Wei Ren, Thomas Wågberg, Guangzhi Hu.
Electrochem. Commun. 81, 116-119 (2017)
Oxygen evolution reaction (OER) plays a pivotal role in water-splitting. Here, we report a facile method to synthesize multimetal supported on commercial carbon black via a time-saving microwave process. Crystalline FeNi3 nanoparticles homogeneously doped with Mo are formed via a microwave treatment and activated to metal oxyhydroxide in-situ during cyclic voltammetry test with overpotential of only 280 mV at 10 mA cm− 2 for OER in alkaline electrolyte, outperforming RuO2. Our synthesis methodology is a promising alternative for large-scale production, delivering a valuable contribution to catalyst preparation and electrocatalytic water oxidation research.
Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 with H2O over modified TiO2 nanofibers: Understanding the reduction pathway
The photocatalytic performance of nanosized metal (Pt or Pd)-decorated TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) with CdSe quantum dots were tested for activation and reduction of CO2 under UV-B light. The CO2 photoreduction mechanism is proposed to take place via a hydrogenation pathway from first principles calculations. This work was performed in collaboration with the University of Oulu and the Åbo Akademi University, the manuscript is published in the journal of Nano Research.
Anjana Sarkar, Eduardo Gracia-Espino, Thomas Wågberg, Andrey Shchukarev, Melinda Mohl, Anne-Riikka Rautio, Olli Pitkänen, Tiva Sharifi, Krisztian Kordas, Jyri-Pekka Mikkola.
Nano Research, 2016 DOI:10.1007/s12274-016-1087-9
Nanosized metal (Pt or Pd)-decorated TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) were synthesized by a wet impregnation method. CdSe quantum dots (QDs) were then anchored onto the metal-decorated TiO2 NFs. The photocatalytic performance of these catalysts was tested for activation and reduction of CO2 under UV-B light. Gas chromatographic analysis indicated the formation of methanol, formic acid, and methyl formate as the primary products. In the absence of CdSe QDs, Pd-decorated TiO2 NFs were found to exhibit enhanced performance compared to Pt-decorated TiO2 NFs for methanol production. However, in the presence of CdSe, Pt-decorated TiO2 NFs exhibited higher selectivity for methanol, typically producing ∼90 ppmg−1·h−1 methanol. The CO2 photoreduction mechanism is proposed to take place via a hydrogenation pathway from first principles calculations, which complement the experimental observations.
A Comprehensive Study of an earth-abundant bifunctional 3D electrode for efficient water electrolysis in alkaline medium
We produced an efficient electrocatalyst for both water splitting half reactions in the same medium, where the catalyst compromise Co3O4 nanospheres attached on the surface of nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes, which in turn are directly grown on conductive carbon paper. The firm and well-established interfaces along the electrode play a crucial role on enhanced stability and electrochemical activity observed for both oxygen evolution reaction and hydrogen reduction reaction. The manuscript has been published in the ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
We report efficient electrolysis of both water splitting half reactions in the same medium, by a bifunctional 3D electrode comprising Co3O4 nanospheres nucleated on the surface of nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (NCNTs) which in turn are grown on conductive carbon paper (CP). The resulting electrode exhibits high stability and large electrochemical activity for both oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions (OER and HER). We obtain a current density of 10 mA/cm2 in 0.1 M KOH solution at overpotentials of only 0.47 V and 0.38 V for OER and HER respectively. Additionally, the experimental observations are understood and supported by analyzing the Co3O4:NCNT and NCNT:CP interfaces by ab initio calculations. Both the experimental and the theoretical studies indicate that firm and well-established interfaces along the electrode play a crucial role on the stability and electrochemical activity for both OER and HER.
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