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Type: Journal article
Title: Dynamic rhenium dopant boosts ruthenium oxide for durable oxygen evolution.
Author: Jin, H.
Liu, X.
An, P.
Tang, C.
Yu, H.
Zhang, Q.
Peng, H.-J.
Gu, L.
Zheng, Y.
Song, T.
Davey, K.
Paik, U.
Dong, J.
Qiao, S.-Z.
Citation: Nature Communications, 2023; 14(1):354-354
Publisher: Nature Research (part of Springer Nature)
Issue Date: 2023
ISSN: 2041-1723
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Huanyu Jin, Xinyan Liu, Pengfei An, Cheng Tang, Huimin Yu, Qinghua Zhang, Hong-Jie Peng, LinGu, Yao Zheng, Taeseup Song, Kenneth Davey, Ungyu Paik, Juncai Dong, Shi-Zhang Qiao
Abstract: Heteroatom-doping is a practical means to boost RuO2 for acidic oxygen evolution reaction (OER). However, a major drawback is conventional dopants have static electron redistribution. Here, we report that Re dopants in Re0.06Ru0.94O2 undergo a dynamic electron accepting-donating that adaptively boosts activity and stability, which is different from conventional dopants with static dopant electron redistribution. We show Re dopants during OER, (1) accept electrons at the on-site potential to activate Ru site, and (2) donate electrons back at large overpotential and prevent Ru dissolution. We confirm via in situ characterizations and first-principle computation that the dynamic electron-interaction between Re and Ru facilitates the adsorbate evolution mechanism and lowers adsorption energies for oxygen intermediates to boost activity and stability of Re0.06Ru0.94O2. We demonstrate a high mass activity of 500 A gcata.-1 (7811 A gRe-Ru-1) and a high stability number of S-number = 4.0 × 106 noxygen nRu-1 to outperform most electrocatalysts. We conclude that dynamic dopants can be used to boost activity and stability of active sites and therefore guide the design of adaptive electrocatalysts for clean energy conversions.
Keywords: Oxides
Rights: © The Author(s) 2023. Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit licenses/by/4.0/.
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-35913-6
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