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NiFeOX as a Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction (OR) and Evolution (OE) Reaction in Alkaline Media

Version 1 : Received: 29 June 2018 / Approved: 2 July 2018 / Online: 2 July 2018 (10:47:25 CEST)

How to cite: Paulraj, A.R.; Kiros, Y.; Ahmadi Götelid, M.; Johansson, M.B. NiFeOX as a Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction (OR) and Evolution (OE) Reaction in Alkaline Media. Preprints 2018, 2018070009 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0009.v1). Paulraj, A.R.; Kiros, Y.; Ahmadi Götelid, M.; Johansson, M.B. NiFeOX as a Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction (OR) and Evolution (OE) Reaction in Alkaline Media. Preprints 2018, 2018070009 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0009.v1).

Abstract

This article reports the two-step synthesis of NiFeOx nanomaterials, their characterisation and bifunctional electrocatalytic activity measurements in alkaline electrolyte for metal-air batteries. The samples were mostly in layered double hydroxide at the initial temperature, but upon heat treatment, they were converted to NiFe2O4 phases. The electrochemical behaviour of the different samples was studied by linear sweep voltammetry and cyclic voltammetry on the glassy carbon electrode. The OER catalyst activity was observed for low mass loadings (0.125 mg cm−2), whereas high catalyst loading exhibited the best performance on the ORR side. The sample heat treated at 250 °C delivered the highest bi-functional oxygen evolution and reduction reaction activity (OER/ORR) thanks to its thin-holey nanosheet like structure with higher nickel oxidation state at 250 °C. This work further helps to develop low-cost electrocatalyst development for metal-air batteries.

Subject Areas

Bi-functional catalyst; hydrothermal synthesis; OER/ORR; nickel ferrite; Ni FeLDH

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