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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2014 Jul 14;53(29):7584-8. doi: 10.1002/anie.201402822. Epub 2014 Jun 6.

A strongly coupled graphene and FeNi double hydroxide hybrid as an excellent electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction.

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Department of Chemistry, William Mong Institute of Nano Science and Technology, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon (Hong Kong).


Cost-effective electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are critical to energy conversion and storage processes. A novel strategy is used to synthesize a non-noble-metal-based electrocatalyst of the OER by finely combining layered FeNi double hydroxide that is catalytically active and electric conducting graphene sheets, taking advantage of the electrostatic attraction between the two positively charged nanosheets. The synergy between the catalytic activity of the double hydroxide and the enhanced electron transport arising from the graphene resulted in superior electrocatalytic properties of the FeNi-GO hybrids for the OER with overpotentials as low as 0.21 V, which was further reduced to 0.195 V after the reduction treatment. Moreover, the turnover frequency at the overpotential of 0.3 V has reached 1 s(-1), which is much higher than those previously reported for non-noble-metal-based electrocatalysts.


FeNi; electrochemical catalyst; graphene; layered double hydroxide; oxygen evolution reaction


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