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Direct Synthesis of Two Inorganic Catalysts on Carbon Fibres for the Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Water
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
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Number of Authors: 62017 (English)In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 568-575Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two electrodes for anodic water oxidation made by direct synthesis of inorganic catalysts onto conductive carbon fibre sheets are evaluated. As catalysts two Co- and Sb-containing phases were tested, that is, Co3Sb4O6F6 and the new compound CoSbO4. The compounds express large differences in their morphology: CoSbO4 grows as thin needles whereas Co3Sb4O6F6 grows as larger facetted crystals. Despite the smaller surface area the latter compound shows a better catalytic performance. When the compound Co3Sb4O6F6 was used it gave a low increase of +0.028 mV h(-1) at an overpotential of eta = 472 mV after 10 h and a stability of +0.48 mV h(-1) at an overpotential of eta = 488 mV after 60 h. The leakages of Co and Sb were negligible and only <0.001 at% Co and approximately 0.02 at% Sb were detected in the electrolyte.

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2017. Vol. 23, no 3, p. 568-575
Keywords [en]
antimony, cobalt, electrochemistry, inorganic catalysts, water oxidation
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Chemical Sciences
Research subject
Inorganic Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141394DOI: 10.1002/chem.201603085ISI: 000393625600014PubMedID: 27862443OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141394DiVA, id: diva2:1091279
Available from: 2017-04-26 Created: 2017-04-26 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Water splitting by heterogeneous catalysis
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A sustainable solution for meeting the energy demands at our planet is by utilizing wind-, solar-, wave-, thermal-, biomass- and hydroelectric power. These renewable and CO2 emission-free energy sources are highly variable in terms of spatial and temporal availability over the Earth, introducing the need for an appropriate method of storing and carrying energy. Hydrogen has gained significant attention as an energy storage- and carrier media because of the high energy density that is exploited within the ‘power-to-gas’ process chain. A robust way of producing sustainable hydrogen is via electrochemical water splitting.

In this work the search for new heterogeneous catalyst materials with the aim of increasing energy efficiency in water splitting has involved methods of both electrochemical water splitting and chemical water oxidation. Some 21 compounds including metal- oxides, oxofluorides, oxochlorides, hydroxide and metals have been evaluated as catalysts. Two of these were synthesized directly onto conductive backbones by hydrothermal methods. Dedicated electrochemical cells were constructed for appropriate analysis of reactions, with one cell simulating an upscale unit accounting for realistic large scale applications; in this cell gaseous products are quantified by use of mass spectrometry. Parameters such as real time faradaic efficiency, production of H2 and O2 in relation to power input or overpotentials, Tafel slopes, exchange current density and electrochemical active surface area as well as turnover numbers and turnover frequencies have been evaluated.

Solubility, possible side reactions, the role of the oxidation state of catalytically active elements and the nature of the outermost active surface layer of the catalyst are discussed. It was concluded that metal oxides are less efficient than metal based catalysts, both in terms of energy efficiency and in terms of electrode preparation methods intended for long time operation. The most efficient material was Ni-Fe hydroxide electrodeposited onto Ni metal foam as conductive backbone. Among the other catalysts, Co3Sb4O6F6 was of particular interest because the compound incorporate a metalloid (Sb) and redox inert F and yet show pronounced catalytic performance.

In addition, performance of materials in water splitting catalysis has been discussed on the basis of results from electron microscopy, solubility experiments and X-ray diffraction data.

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Stockholm: Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, 2017. p. 93
Keywords
Faradaic efficiency, electrocatalysis, electrolysis, water oxidation, hydrogen reduction, H2, O2, mass spectrometry
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Inorganic Chemistry
Research subject
Inorganic Chemistry
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-148181 (URN)978-91-7797-039-2 (ISBN)978-91-7797-040-8 (ISBN)
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2017-12-06, Magnélisalen, Kemiska övningslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 16 B, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-11-13 Created: 2017-10-17 Last updated: 2017-11-03Bibliographically approved

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