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Exceptionally Robust Face-Sharing Motifs Enable Efficient and Durable Water Oxidation


Hu,  Zhiwei
Zhiwei Hu, Physics of Correlated Matter, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Guan, D., Zhang, K., Hu, Z., Wu, X., Chen, J.-L., Pao, C.-W., et al. (2021). Exceptionally Robust Face-Sharing Motifs Enable Efficient and Durable Water Oxidation. Advanced Materials, 33(41): 2103392, pp. 1-12. doi:10.1002/adma.202103392.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-245C-8
Corner-sharing oxides usually suffer from structural reconstruction during the bottleneck oxygen-evolution reaction (OER) in water electrolysis. Therefore, introducing dynamically stable active sites in an alternative structure is urgent but challenging. Here, 1D 5H-polytype Ba5Bi0.25Co3.75FeO14-delta oxide with face-sharing motifs is identified as a highly active and stable candidate for alkaline OER. Benefiting from the stable face-sharing motifs with three couples of combined bonds, Ba5Bi0.25Co3.75FeO14-delta can maintain its local structures even under high OER potentials as evidenced by fast operando spectroscopy, contributing to a negligible performance degradation over 110 h. Besides, the higher Co valence and smaller orbital bandgap in Ba5Bi0.25Co3.75FeO14-delta endow it with a much better electron transport ability than its corner-sharing counterpart, leading to a distinctly reduced overpotential of 308 mV at 10 mA cm(-2) in 0.1 m KOH. Further mechanism studies show that the short distance between lattice-oxygen sites in face-sharing Ba5Bi0.25Co3.75FeO14-delta can accelerate the deprotonation step (*OOH + OH- = *OO + H2O + e(-)) via a steric inductive effect to promote lattice-oxygen participation. In this work, not only is a new 1D face-sharing oxide with impressive OER performance discovered, but also a rational design of dynamic stable and active sites for sustainable energy systems is inaugurated.