Single co3o4 nanocubes electrocatalyzing the oxygen evolution reaction: Nano-impact insights into intrinsic activity and support effects

Liu, Z. and Corva, M. and Amin, H.M.A. and Blanc, N. and Linnemann, J. and Tschulik, K.

Volume: 22 Pages:
DOI: 10.3390/ijms222313137
Published: 2021

Single-entity electrochemistry allows for assessing electrocatalytic activities of individual material entities such as nanoparticles (NPs). Thus, it becomes possible to consider intrinsic electrochemical properties of nanocatalysts when researching how activity relates to physical and structural material properties. Conversely, conventional electrochemical techniques provide a normal-ized sum current referring to a huge ensemble of NPs constituting, along with additives (e.g., bind-ers), a complete catalyst-coated electrode. Accordingly, recording electrocatalytic responses of single NPs avoids interferences of ensemble effects and reduces the complexity of electrocatalytic pro-cesses, thus enabling detailed description and modelling. Herein, we present insights into the oxygen evolution catalysis at individual cubic Co3O4 NPs impacting microelectrodes of different support materials. Simulating diffusion at supported nanocubes, measured step current signals can be analyzed, providing edge lengths, corresponding size distributions, and interference-free turnover frequencies. The provided nano-impact investigation of (electro-)catalyst-support effects contra-dicts assumptions on a low number of highly active sites. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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