Nano Research

, Volume 10, Issue 9, pp 3103–3112 | Cite as

Au/Ni12P5 core/shell single-crystal nanoparticles as oxygen evolution reaction catalyst

  • Yingying Xu
  • Sibin Duan
  • Haoyi Li
  • Ming Yang
  • Shijie Wang
  • Xun Wang
  • Rongming Wang
Research Article

Abstract

We have demonstrated the improved performance of oxygen evolution reactions (OER) using Au/nickel phosphide (Ni12P5) core/shell nanoparticles (NPs) under basic conditions. NPs with a Ni12P5 shell and a Au core, both of which have well-defined crystal structures, have been prepared using solution-based synthetic routes. Compared with pure Ni12P5 NPs and Au-Ni12P5 oligomer-like NPs, the core/shell crystalline structure with Au shows an improved OER activity. It affords a current density of 10 mA/cm2 at a small overpotential of 0.34 V, in 1 M KOH aqueous solution at room temperature. This enhanced OER activity may relate to the strong structural and effective electronic coupling between the single-crystal core and the shell.

Keywords

oxygen evolution reaction nickel phosphide core/shell nanoparticles interfacial coupling 

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Au/Ni12P5 core/shell single-crystal nanoparticles as oxygen evolution reaction catalyst

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yingying Xu
    • 1
  • Sibin Duan
    • 1
  • Haoyi Li
    • 2
  • Ming Yang
    • 3
  • Shijie Wang
    • 3
  • Xun Wang
    • 2
  • Rongming Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Beijing Key Laboratory for Magneto-Photoelectrical Composite and Interface Science, School of Mathematics and PhysicsUniversity of Science and Technology BeijingBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Institute of Materials Research and EngineeringA*STARSingaporeSingapore

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