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Hf2B2Ir5: A Self-Optimizing Catalyst for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction

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Barrios Jiménez,  Ana M.
Chemical Metal Science, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Burkhardt,  Ulrich
Ulrich Burkhardt, Chemical Metal Science, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Cardoso-Gil,  Raul
Raul Cardoso, Chemical Metal Science, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Höfer,  Katharina
Physics of Correlated Matter, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Altendorf,  Simone G.
Simone Altendorf, Physics of Correlated Matter, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Grin,  Yuri
Juri Grin, Chemical Metal Science, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Antonyshyn,  Iryna
Iryna Antonyshyn, Chemical Metal Science, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Barrios Jiménez, A. M., Burkhardt, U., Cardoso-Gil, R., Höfer, K., Altendorf, S. G., Schlögl, R., et al. (2020). Hf2B2Ir5: A Self-Optimizing Catalyst for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction. ACS Appl. Energy Mater. doi:10.1021/acsaem.0c02022.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-5EAC-F
Abstract
The ternary compound Hf2B2Ir5 was assessed as an electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in 0.1 M H2SO4. The oxidative environment restructures the studied material in the near-surface region, creating cavities in which agglomerates of IrOx(OH)y(SO4)z particles are incorporated. These in situ generated particles result from the oxidation of secondary phases in the matrix as well as from self-controlled near-surface oxidation of the ternary compound itself. The oxidation is controlled by the structural and chemical bonding features of Hf2B2Ir5. The cage-like motif, exhibiting mostly ionic interactions between positively charged Hf atoms and a covalently bonded Ir–B network, selectively controls the extent and kinetics of the transformation process induced during the operation of the electrocatalyst. The resulting self-optimized composite material, formed by a Hf2B2Ir5 matrix surrounding IrOx(OH)y(SO4)z particles, was used in the OER over 240 h at 100 mA cm–2 current density. The chemical changes, as well as the OER performance, were studied via a combination of bulk- and surface-sensitive experimental techniques as well as by employing a quantum-chemical bonding analysis.