Co-Fe binary metal oxide electrocatalyst with synergistic interface structures for efficient overall water splitting

William Adamson, Xin Bo, Yibing Li, Bryan H.R. Suryanto, Xianjue Chen, Chuan Zhao

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Binary transitional metal/metal oxide-based catalysts have been proven to be more effective for catalysing water splitting reactions than their single metal oxide counterparts. Here we have successfully designed and synthesised a binary metal oxide composite consisting of CoO and Fe3O4 phases with special CoO (111)/Fe3O4 (311) interface as bifunctional catalysts for both oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The Co-Fe binary oxide composite showed the overpotential values of ɳ = 220 mV at −10 mA cm−2 and ɳ = 290 mV at −100 mA cm−2 for HER, and as for the OER performance the catalyst is more efficient than the benchmark catalyst Ir/C requiring the smaller overpotential of η = 369 mV and 406 mV to deliver a current density of 20 mA cm−2 and at 100 mA cm−2, respectively. As a bifunctional catalyst for overall water splitting, the cell can achieve a current density of 10 and 50 mA cm−2 at cell potentials of 1.92 V and 2.05 V, respectively. In addition, the bifunctional electrode also shows long-term water electrolysis stability at a current density of 50 mA cm−2 for 24 h.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-49
Number of pages6
JournalCatalysis Today
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Co-Fe binary oxide
  • Hydrogen evolution reaction
  • Interface
  • Oxygen evolution reaction
  • Water splitting

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