In Situ Induction of Strain in Iron Phosphide (FeP 2 ) Catalyst for Enhanced Hydroxide Adsorption and Water Oxidation

Guowei Li, Qun Yang, Jiancun Rao, Chenguang Fu, Sz‐Chian Liou, Gudrun Auffermann, Yan Sun, Claudia Felser
2020 Advanced Functional Materials  
Carbon-based materials have been widely used in heterogeneous catalysis because of their advantages of high surface area, thermal stability, and chemical inertness. However, their role in the catalysis is not fully understood although most studies conclude that the coupling between the carbon support and catalyst could reduce the charge transfer resistance and improve the kinetics of catalytic reactions such as water splitting. In this study, a carbonmodified FeP 2 electrocatalyst with a
more » ... p strategy is synthesized. The tensile strain is introduced in situ in the ab crystal plane of the FeP 2 catalyst. This leads to charge redistribution between H and O atoms in the OH bonds and enhances the adsorption of reaction intermediates. In the water oxidation process, this results in a decrease in the energy barrier for the rate-determining step, specifically, the chemical step of *OH adsorption preceded by oneelectron transfer. Benefiting from the optimized adsorption energy, the strained catalysts exhibit excellent oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity with a low overpotential in addition to their increased stability. This study provides a new strategy for the introducing of strains in functional materials and provides new insights into the influence of carbon modification on OER activity.
doi:10.1002/adfm.201907791 fatcat:jsgdzb45pvhybgx37g5izwbdie