Bridging the Charge Accumulation and High Reaction Order for High-Rate Oxygen Evolution and Long Stable Zn-Air Batteries

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  • Yawen Dai
  • Jie Yu
  • Zongping Shao
  • Daqin Guan
  • Yu-Cheng Huang
  • Meng Ni


Original languageEnglish
Article number2111989
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number24
Online published11 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


Combining noble metals with nonnoble metals is an attractive strategy to balance the activity and cost of electrocatalysts. However, a guiding principle for selecting suitable nonnoble metals is still lacking. Herein, a thorough mechanistic study on the platform oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalyst of Ir@Co3O4 to deeply understand the synergy between Ir and Co3O4 for the boosted OER has been carried out. It is demonstrated that the pseudocapacitive feature of Co3O4 plays a key role in accumulating sufficient positive charge [Q], while the Ir sites are responsible for achieving a high reaction order (β), synergistically contributing to the high OER activity of Ir@Co3O4 through the rate law equation. Specifically, Ir@Co3O4 displays a low overpotential of 280 mV at 10 mA cm−2 with a small Ir loading of 1.4 wt%. Ir@Co3O4 is further applied to Zn-air batteries, which enables a low charging potential and thus alleviates the oxidative corrosion of the air electrode, leading to improved cycle stability of 210 h at 20 mA cm−2. This work demonstrates that anchoring active noble metal sites (for high β) on pseudocapacitive supports (for high [Q]) is highly favorable to the OER process, providing a clear guidance for boosting the utilization of noble metals in electrocatalysis.

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  • charge accumulation, oxygen evolution, pseudocapacitive, rate law analysis, reaction order

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