|1- Najafpour, M. M., Mehrabani, S., Bagheri, R., Song, Z., Shen, J.-R., Allakhverdiev, S. I., "An aluminum/cobalt/iron/nickel alloy as a precatalyst for water oxidation", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 43: (4), 2083-2090, (2018).|
Among different strategies, water splitting toward hydrogen production is a promising process to store energy from intermittent sources. However, the anodic water oxidation is a bottleneck for water splitting. In this paper, we report an aluminum/cobalt/iron/nickel alloy as a precatalyst for the electrochemical water oxidation. The alloy electrode contains different metal ions including cobalt, iron, and nickel which all are efficient for water oxidation is tested. We characterized this electrode using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electrochemical methods. After stabilization, the electrode shows an onset overpotential of 200.0 mV and affords a current density of 3.5 mA cm−2 at an overpotential of 600.0 mV in KOH solution at pH 13.