Tandem surface engineering of graphene quantum dot-assisted fluorinated NiFe Prussian blue analogue for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction

Angelina Melanita Tarigan, Sofiannisa Aulia, Mia Rinawati, Ling Yu Chang*, Yao Sheng Cheng, Ching Cheng Chang, Wei Hsiang Huang, Jeng Lung Chen, Heru Setyawan, Min Hsin Yeh

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Abstract

Electrolytic water splitting for hydrogen has rapidly developed along with the increasing necessity for clean energy resources. Meanwhile, the obstacle originating from the slow 4-electron-involved oxygen evolution reaction (OER) pushes the urgency to create efficient, durable, earth-abundant electrocatalysts. As one of the promising candidates, it remains a challenge to enhance the reactivity of the Prussian-blue analogue (PBA) towards the OER. Herein, we propose a unique tandem surface reconstruction strategy for NiFe PBA followed by heteroatomic F doping and graphene quantum dot (GQD) decoration to modify the surface chemistry. GQD could improve electrocatalytic performance through the higher transition metal interaction with NiFe PBA due to the distinct electronic structures and an abundance of edge sites. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) revealed that F- ions were more likely to affect metal bonds. In contrast, GQD plays a role in modifying the metal states through the higher transition metal interaction. The proposed GQD/F-NiFe PBA with tandem surface engineering demonstrated promising electrocatalytic activity for OER in an alkaline medium, with an overpotential of 318 mV at a current density of 50 mA cm−2 and a small Tafel slope of 34.7 mV dec-1. The proposed tandem surface engineering for modifying PBA-based material surfaces represents a novel approach to designing advanced electrocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number146754
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Volume476
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2023

Keywords

  • Fluorine doping
  • Graphene quantum dots
  • Oxygen evolution reaction
  • Prussian blue analogues
  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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