Unveiling the role of Ni in Ru-Ni oxide for oxygen evolution: Lattice oxygen participation enhanced by structural distortion

Young Jin Ko, Man Ho Han, Chulwan Lim, Seung Ho Yu, Chang Hyuck Choi, Byoung Koun Min, Jae Young Choi, Woong Hee Lee, Hyung Suk Oh

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Introducing Ni in Ru oxide is a promising approach to enhance the catalytic activity for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). However, the role of Ni (which has a poor intrinsic activity) is not fully understood. Here, a RuNiOx electrode fabricated via a modified dip coating method exhibited excellent OER performance in acidic media, and neutral media for CO2 reduction reaction. We combined in-situ/operando X-ray absorption near-edge structure and on-line inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry studies to unveil the role of the Ni introduced in the Ru oxide. We propose that the Ni not only transforms the electronic structure of the Ru oxide, but also produces a large number of oxygen vacancies by distorting the oxygen lattice structure at low overpotentials, increasing the participation of lattice oxygen for OER. This work demonstrates the real behavior of bimetallic oxide materials under applied potentials and provides new insights into the development of efficient electrocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Energy Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Feb

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by institutional program grants from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology and Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) granted financial resource from the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea (No. 20224C10300020) and “Carbon to X Project” (2020M3H7A1098229) through the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea. This research was also supported by the National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST) grant by the Korean government (MSIT) (No. CAP21011-100) and National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (MSIT) (NRF-2021R1A2C2093467). We also acknowledge Advanced Analysis Center at KIST for the TEM and 1D XRS KIST-PAL beamline for measuring the hard X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS).

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© 2022 Science Press and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


  • In-situ/Operando studies
  • Ni electrode
  • Oxygen evolution reaction
  • Oxygen vacancies
  • Ru electrode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Electrochemistry


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