Efficient water splitting actualized through an electrochemistry-induced hetero structured antiperovskite/(oxy)hydroxide hybrid

Sixuan She, Yinlong Zhu, Hassan A. Tahini, Xinhao Wu, Daqin Guan, Yu Chen, Jie Dai, Yubo Chen, Wanqi Tang, Sean C. Smith, Huanting Wang, Wei Zhou, Zongping Shao

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Exploring active, stable, and low-cost bifunctional electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is crucial for water splitting technology associated with renewable energy storage in the form of hydrogen fuel. Here, a newly designed antiperovskite-based hybrid composed of a conductive InNNi3 core and amorphous InNi(oxy)hydroxide shell is first reported as promising OER/HER bifunctional electrocatalyst. Prepared by a facile electrochemical oxidation strategy, such unique hybrid (denoted as EO-InNNi3) exhibits excellent OER and HER activities in alkaline media, benefiting from the inherent high-efficiency HER catalytic nature of InNNi3 antiperovskite and the promoting role of OER-active InNi(oxy)hydroxide thin film, which is confirmed by theoretical simulations and in situ Raman studies. Moreover, an alkaline electrolyzer integrated EO-InNNi3 as both anode and cathode delivers a low voltage of 1.64 V at 10 mA cm−2, while maintaining excellent durability. This work demonstrates the application of antiperovskite-based materials in the field of overall water splitting and inspires insights into the development of advanced catalysts for various energy applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2006800
Number of pages10
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2020


  • antiperovskites
  • bifunctional catalysts
  • core–shell structures
  • electrochemical activation
  • water splitting

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