Reduction of Transition-Metal Columbite-Tantalite as a Highly Efficient Electrocatalyst for Water Splitting

Patrick M. Bacirhonde, Nelson Y. Dzade, Carmen Chalony, Jeesoo Park, Eun Suk Jeong, Emmanuel O. Afranie, Sunny Lee, Cheol Sang Kim, Do Hwan Kim, Chan Hee Park

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We successfully report a liquid-liquid chemical reduction and hydrothermal synthesis of a highly stable columbite-tantalite electrocatalyst with remarkable hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) performance in acidic media. The reduced Fe0.79Mn0.21Nb0.16Ta0.84O6(CTr) electrocatalyst shows a low overpotential of 84.23 mV at 10 mA cm-2and 103.7 achieved at 20 mA cm-2current density in situ for the HER and OER, respectively. The electrocatalyst also exhibited low Tafel slopes of 104.97 mV/dec for the HER and 57.67 mV/dec for the OER, verifying their rapid catalytic kinetics. The electrolyzer maintained a cell voltage of 1.5 V and potential-time stability close to that of Pt/C and RuO2. Complementary first-principles density functional theory calculations identify the Mn sites as most active sites on the Fe0.75Mn0.25Ta1.875Nb0.125O6(100) surface, predicting a moderate Gibbs free energy of hydrogen adsorption (δGH*≈ 0.08 eV) and a low overpotential of η = 0.47 V. The |δGMnH*| = 0.08 eV on the Fe0.75Mn0.25Ta1.875Nb0.125O6(100) surface is similar to that of the well-known and highly efficient Pt catalyst (|δGPtH*| ≈ 0.09 eV).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15090-15102
Number of pages13
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number13
StatePublished - Apr 6 2022

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  • Materials Science(all)


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