Growth of ultrathin nanosheets of nickel iron layered double hydroxide for the oxygen evolution reaction

Munzir Suliman, Abdullah Al Ghamdi, Turki Baroud, Qasem Drmosh, Mohd Rafatullah, Zain Yamani, Mohammad Qamar*

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Because of low cost and abundance, nickel-iron double layered hydroxide (NiFe LDH) is seen as a viable substitute for noble-metal-based electrodes for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Herein, we report the growth of NiFe LDH in the form of fine nanosheets in a single step using benzyl alcohol-mediated chemistry. The electrochemical studies clearly suggest that benzyl alcohol is capable of inducing effective chemical interaction between Ni and Fe in the NiFe LDH. The overpotential to produce benchmark 10 mA cm−210) for the NiFe LDH electrode is only ∼270 mVRHE, which is much smaller than those of benchmark IrO210 = 318 mVRHE), nickel hydroxide (η10 = 370 mVRHE) and iron hydroxide (η10 = 410 mVRHE) for the OER. The difference of the overpotential requirement increases further with increasing current density, indicating faster kinetics of the OER at the catalytic interface of the NiFe LDH. Estimation of Tafel values verifies this notion – the Tafel slopes of NiFe LDH, Ni(OH)2, and FeOOH are calculated to be 48.6, 55.8, and 59.3 mV dec−1, respectively. At η = 270 mV, the turnover frequency (TOF) of the NiFe LDH is 0.48 s−1, which is ∼8 and ∼11 folds higher than those of Ni(OH)2 (0.059 s−1) and FeOOH (0.042 s−1). In addition to Tafel and TOF, the NiFe LDH electrode has favorable electrochemically active surface area and electrochemical impedance. The electrochemical stability of the NiFe LDH electrode is assessed by conducting potentiostatic measurements at η = 270 mVRHE (∼10 mA cm−2) and at η = 355 mVRHE (∼30 mA cm−2) for 24 h of continuous oxygen production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23498-23507
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number56
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2022

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  • Clean energy
  • Cost-effective electrode
  • Electrocatalyst
  • Hydrogen
  • PEM Electrolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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