Ni-Based Electrocatalyst for Full Water Splitting


Ni-Based Electrocatalyst for Full Water Splitting

Atanu Roy, Samik Saha, Apurba Ray, Sachindranath Das

Development of high-performance novel metal-free electrocatalysts operating for full water splitting (both oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER)) is desirable for energy storage and conversion process. However, it is thermodynamically unfavourable. Obtaining a feasible output for both HER and OER from the same catalyst and same electrolyte simultaneously is a very challenging task. Several Ni-composites or compounds based catalysts for full electrocatalysis of water. Several Ni-hydroxies, oxides, phosphides, nitrides, sulfides, selenides are capable of providing efficient output for full water splitting compared to the benchmark Pt and IrO2 based electrocatalysts.

HER, OER, Electrocatalysis, Water splitting, Ni-based Electrocatalyst

Published online 10/5/2019, 16 pages

Citation: Atanu Roy, Samik Saha, Apurba Ray, Sachindranath Das, Ni-Based Electrocatalyst for Full Water Splitting, Materials Research Foundations, Vol. 59, pp 125-140, 2019


Part of the book on Electrochemical Water Splitting

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