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Bismuth Substituted Strontium Cobalt Perovskites for Catalyzing Oxygen Evolution

submitted on 10.07.2019 and posted on 11.07.2019 by Denis Kuznetsov, Jiayu Peng, Livia Giordano, Yuriy Román-Leshkov, Yang Shao-Horn
In this study, we employ the strategy of substitution with more electronegative/acidic A-site ions in the cobalt perovskites to alter O 2p-band center, surface hydroxide affinity, and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity and stability in the basic electrolyte. Galvanostatically charged Bi0.2Sr0.8CoO3-δ (δ close to zero) was shown to exhibit record OER specific activity exceeding not only LaxSr1-xCoO3-δ but also charged SrCoO3-δ (δ close to zero), one of the most active oxide OER catalysts reported so far. The enhanced OER activity of charged Bi0.2Sr0.8CoO3-δ can be attributed to greater hydroxide affinity facilitating the deprotonation of surface bound intermediates due to the presence of strong Lewis acidic A-site Bi3+ ions, while the high stability can result from lowered O 2p-band center relative to the Fermi level. This work provides a novel example in the rational design of highly active oxide catalysts for OER by leveraging the inductive effect.


Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231

National Science Foundation, grant number ACI-1548562

National Science Foundation, award number DMR-1419807


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