Rutile Alloys in the Mn-Sb-O System Stabilize Mn3+ to Enable Oxygen Evolution in Strong Acid

Lan Zhou, Aniketa Shinde, Joseph H. Montoya, Arunima Singh, Sheraz Gul, Junko Yano, Yifan Ye, Ethan J. Crumlin, Matthias H. Richter, Jason K. Cooper, Helge S. Stein, Joel A. Haber, Kristin A. Persson, John M. Gregoire

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Abstract

Electrocatalysis of the oxygen evolution reaction is central to several energy technologies including electrolyzers, solar fuel generators, and air-breathing batteries. Strong acid electrolytes are desirable for many implementations of these technologies, although the deployment of such device designs is often hampered by the lack of non-precious-metal oxygen evolution electrocatalysts, with Ir-based oxides comprising the only known catalysts that exhibit stable activity at low overpotential. During our exploration of the Mn-Sb-O system for precious-metal-free electrocatalysts, we discovered that Mn can be incorporated into the rutile oxide structure at much higher concentrations than previously known, and that these Mn-rich rutile alloys exhibit great catalytic activity with current densities exceeding 50 mA cm-2 at 0.58 V overpotential and catalysis onset at 0.3 V overpotential. While this activity does not surpass that of IrO2, Pourbaix analysis reveals that the Mn-Sb rutile oxide alloys have the same or better thermodynamic stability under operational conditions. By combining combinatorial composition, structure, and activity mapping with synchrotron X-ray absorption measurements and first-principles materials chemistry calculations, we provide a comprehensive understanding of these oxide alloys and identify the critical role of Sb in stabilizing the trivalent Mn octahedra that have been shown to be effective oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10938-10948
Number of pages11
JournalACS Catalysis
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 7 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • catalysis
  • combinatorial materials science
  • electrochemical stability
  • metal oxide alloys
  • oxygen evolution reaction

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  • Chemistry(all)

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Zhou, L., Shinde, A., Montoya, J. H., Singh, A., Gul, S., Yano, J., ... Gregoire, J. M. (2018). Rutile Alloys in the Mn-Sb-O System Stabilize Mn3+ to Enable Oxygen Evolution in Strong Acid. ACS Catalysis, 8(12), 10938-10948. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.8b02689

Rutile Alloys in the Mn-Sb-O System Stabilize Mn3+ to Enable Oxygen Evolution in Strong Acid. / Zhou, Lan; Shinde, Aniketa; Montoya, Joseph H.; Singh, Arunima; Gul, Sheraz; Yano, Junko; Ye, Yifan; Crumlin, Ethan J.; Richter, Matthias H.; Cooper, Jason K.; Stein, Helge S.; Haber, Joel A.; Persson, Kristin A.; Gregoire, John M.

In: ACS Catalysis, Vol. 8, No. 12, 07.12.2018, p. 10938-10948.

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Zhou, L, Shinde, A, Montoya, JH, Singh, A, Gul, S, Yano, J, Ye, Y, Crumlin, EJ, Richter, MH, Cooper, JK, Stein, HS, Haber, JA, Persson, KA & Gregoire, JM 2018, 'Rutile Alloys in the Mn-Sb-O System Stabilize Mn3+ to Enable Oxygen Evolution in Strong Acid', ACS Catalysis, vol. 8, no. 12, pp. 10938-10948. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.8b02689
Zhou, Lan ; Shinde, Aniketa ; Montoya, Joseph H. ; Singh, Arunima ; Gul, Sheraz ; Yano, Junko ; Ye, Yifan ; Crumlin, Ethan J. ; Richter, Matthias H. ; Cooper, Jason K. ; Stein, Helge S. ; Haber, Joel A. ; Persson, Kristin A. ; Gregoire, John M. / Rutile Alloys in the Mn-Sb-O System Stabilize Mn3+ to Enable Oxygen Evolution in Strong Acid. In: ACS Catalysis. 2018 ; Vol. 8, No. 12. pp. 10938-10948.
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