Oxygen evolution reaction dynamics monitored by an individual nanosheet-based electronic circuit

Peiyao Wang, Mengyu Yan, Jiashen Meng, Gengping Jiang, Longbing Qu, Xuelei Pan, Jefferson Zhe Liu, Liqiang Mai

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The oxygen evolution reaction involves complex interplay among electrolyte, solid catalyst, and gas-phase and liquid-phase reactants and products. Monitoring catalysis interfaces between catalyst and electrolyte can provide valuable insights into catalytic ability. But it is a challenging task due to the additive solid supports in traditional measurement. Here we design a nanodevice platform and combine on-chip electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement, temporary I-V measurement of an individual nanosheet, and molecular dynamic calculations to provide a direct way for nanoscale catalytic diagnosis. By removing O2 in electrolyte, a dramatic decrease in Tafel slope of over 20% and early onset potential of 1.344 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode are achieved. Our studies reveal that O2 reduces hydroxyl ion density at catalyst interface, resulting in poor kinetics and negative catalytic performance. The obtained in-depth understanding could provide valuable clues for catalysis system design. Our method could also be useful to analyze other catalytic processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number645
Number of pages7
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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