Gd-induced electronic structure engineering of a NiFe-layered double hydroxide for efficient oxygen evolution

Meng Li, Hao Li, Xuechun Jiang, Mengqi Jiang, Xun Zhan, Gengtao Fu, Jong Min Lee, Yawen Tang

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Rare earth (RE) elements have drawn increased attention recently as an effective promoter in electrocatalysis because of their partially filled 4f orbitals. Herein, a new type of RE hybrid electrocatalyst, consisting of a gadolinium-doped hierarchal NiFe-layered double hydroxidein situgrown on carbon cloth (Gd-NiFe-LDH@CC), is designed and developedviaa facile one-step hydrothermal approach. The Gd doping regulates the electronic structure of NiFe-LDH and increases the number of oxygen vacancies, thus tuning the adsorption energies of oxygen intermediate species (e.g.HOO*). With the presence of Gd species, Gd-NiFe-LDH@CC exhibits superior electrocatalytic activity for the OER in an alkaline medium, which requires an overpotential of only 210 mV to afford 10 mA cm−2current density, better than that of NiFe-LDH@CC (250 mV) and commercial RuO2(298 mV). The robust electrocatalytic stability and satisfactory selectivity (nearly 100% Faraday efficiency) of Gd-NiFe-LDH@CC for the OER are also demonstrated. We ascribe such outstanding OER performance of Gd-NiFe-LDH@CC to the optimized electronic structure, rich oxygen vacancies and hierarchal porous morphology. Theoretical calculation further demonstrates that the electronic disturbance caused by Gd doping enhances the activity of Ni sites, resulting in stronger binding strength of HOO* at the Ni sites during the OER.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2999-3006
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 7
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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