Nano-Micro Letters

Bifunctional Electrocatalysts Based on Mo-doped NiCoP Nanosheet Arrays for Overall Water Splitting

Jinghuang Lin1, Yaotian Yan1, Chun Li1, Xiaoqing Si1, Haohan Wang1, Junlei Qi1,*, Jian Cao2, Zhengxiang Zhong3, Weidong Fei1, Jicai Feng1

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Nano-Micro Lett. (2019) 11: 55

First Online: 13 July 2019 (Article)


*Corresponding author. E-mail: jlqi@hit.edu.cn (Junlei Qi)





Rational design of efficient bifunctional electrocatalysts is highly imperative but still a challenge for overall water splitting. Herein, we construct novel free-standing Mo-doped NiCoP nanosheet arrays by the hydrothermal and phosphation processes, serving as bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting. Notably, Mo-doping could effectively modulate the electronic structure of NiCoP, leading to the increased electroactive site and improved intrinsic activity of each site. Furthermore, an electrochemical activation strategy is proposed to form Mo doped (Ni,Co)OOH to fully boost the electrocatalytic activities for oxygen evolution reaction. Benefiting from the unique free-standing structure and Mo doping, Mo-doped NiCoP and (Ni,Co)OOH show the remarkable electrochemical performances, which are competitive among current researches. In addition, an overall water splitting device assembled by both electrodes only requires a cell voltage of 1.61 V to reach a current density of 10 mA cm-2. Therefore, this work opens up new avenues for designing nonprecious bifunctional electrocatalysts by Mo doping and in-situ electrochemical activation. 



Water splitting; Bifunctional electrocatalyst; Electronic structure; Free-standing; Metal phoshides

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