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Detection of high-valent iron species in alloyed oxidic cobaltates for catalysing the oxygen evolution reaction

Li, Nancy and Hadt, Ryan G. and Hayes, Dugan and Chen, Lin X. and Nocera, Daniel G. (2021) Detection of high-valent iron species in alloyed oxidic cobaltates for catalysing the oxygen evolution reaction. Nature Communications, 12 . Art. No. 4218. ISSN 2041-1723. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24453-6.

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Iron alloying of oxidic cobaltate catalysts results in catalytic activity for oxygen evolution on par with Ni-Fe oxides in base but at much higher alloying compositions. Zero-field ⁵⁷Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) are able to clearly identify Fe⁴⁺ in mixed-metal Co-Fe oxides. The highest Fe⁴⁺ population is obtained in the 40–60% Fe alloying range, and XAS identifies the ion residing in an octahedral oxide ligand field. The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity, as reflected in Tafel analysis of CoFeOx films in 1 M KOH, tracks the absolute concentration of Fe⁴⁺. The results reported herein suggest an important role for the formation of the Fe⁴⁺ redox state in activating cobaltate OER catalysts at high iron loadings.

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Official Citation:Li, N., Hadt, R.G., Hayes, D. et al. Detection of high-valent iron species in alloyed oxidic cobaltates for catalysing the oxygen evolution reaction. Nat Commun 12, 4218 (2021).
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