Vertical-crystalline Fe-doped β-Ni oxyhydroxides for highly active and stable oxygen evolution reaction

Byeongyoon Kim, Mrinal Kanti Kabiraz, Jaewan Lee, Changhyeok Choi, Hionsuck Baik, Yousung Jung, Hyung Suk Oh, Sang Il Choi, Kwangyeol Lee

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The layered transition metal oxyhydroxides have received increasing interest owing to the efficient energy conversion performance and material stability during the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). In particular, Fe-doped NiOOH has shown record-high OER performance in alkaline media among various catalysts. Theoretically, undercoordinated facets including Ni4+, exposed at the edges of NiOOH, were predicted to perform highly active OER. Therefore, here we suggest a rational catalyst design, a vertical-crystalline β-Fe/NiOOH layer built on faceted Fe/Ni nanocrystals, which exposes Ni4+ sites and could improve the OER performance dramatically. Electrochemical OER tests recorded the overpotential of 210 mV at a current density of 10 mA cm−2GEO and stable operation for 5 days. In situ/operando and density functional theory studies revealed that the Ni valence cycle between +2 and +4 assisted by Fe dopant is the key engine that greatly accelerates OER kinetics and that the vertical-crystalline β-Fe/NiOOH layers on Ni octahedra are stable under harsh OER conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3585-3604
Number of pages20
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov 3


  • DFT study for Fe/NiOOH
  • MAP4: Demonstrate
  • active sites
  • crystalline Fe/NiOOH
  • electrocatalysis
  • facet control
  • heteroepitaxy
  • in-situ/operando XAS
  • oxygen evolution reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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