Direct Observation of Active Nickel Oxide Cluster in Nickel-Borate Electrocatalyst for Water Oxidation by in Situ O K-Edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

Masaaki Yoshida, Yosuke Mitsutomi, Takehiro Mineo, Masanari Nagasaka, Hayato Yuzawa, Nobuhiro Kosugi, Hiroshi Kondoh

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Abstract

In situ O K-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy was applied to investigate the electronic and structural change in the nickel-borate (Ni-Bi) electrocatalyst during the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). An absorption peak was observed around 528.7 eV at 1.0 V versus Ag/AgCl in a potassium borate aqueous solution, which relates with the formation of nanoscale order domains of edge-sharing NiO6 octahedra in the Ni-Bi electrocatalyst. XAFS spectra were measured with variation of the electrode potential from 0.3 up to 1.0 V. The measured absorption peaks suggest that the quantity of NiO6 octahedra increased in correlation with the OER current; however, when the potential was changed downward, the XAFS absorption peak assigned to NiO6 octahedra remained constant, even at the electrode potential for no OER current. This difference implies that the water oxidation catalysis proceeds at the domain edge of NiO6 octahedra. The XAFS technique provides the first successful direct probing of the active species in the Ni-Bi electrocatalyst during electrochemical reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19279-19286
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume119
Issue number33
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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