Two orders of magnitude enhancement in oxygen evolution reactivity of La0.7Sr0.3Fe1−xNixO3−δ by improving the electrical conductivity

Lijun Fan, Eeva Leena Rautama, Johan Lindén, Jani Sainio, Hua Jiang, Olli Sorsa, Nana Han, Cristina Flox, Yicheng Zhao, Yongdan Li, Tanja Kallio (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

Developing highly efficient and robust electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is critical to renewable energy technologies. Here, we report an effective strategy to enhance the OER activity of a perovskite electrocatalyst through improving the electrical conductivity introduced by the structural transition. La0.7Sr0.3Fe1−xNixO3−δ (denoted as LSFN-x) with increasing Ni content is found to crystallize in a higher symmetry structure and exhibit improved OER catalytic performance. The optimized cubic LSFN-0.4 catalyst delivers a 90–times higher specific activity than its non-doped parent rhombohedral compound La0.7Sr0.3FeO3−δ at an overpotential of 340 mV, with an overpotential of only 320 mV for 10 mA cm−2 and a low Tafel slope of 35 mV dec−1 in 0.1 M KOH, while maintaining excellent durability during 1000 continuous cycles and 50 h-water-splitting in a laboratory-scale electrolyzer. The enhanced OER catalytic performance of LSFN-0.4 is highly correlated with its increased conductivity as well as the increased oxygen vacancy concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106794
JournalNano Energy
Volume93
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Electrical conductivity
  • Oxygen evolution reaction (OER)
  • Oxygen vacancy
  • Perovskite oxides
  • Structural transition

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