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Title: Double‐Exchange‐Induced in situ Conductivity in Nickel‐Based Oxyhydroxides: An Effective Descriptor for Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution
Abstract

Motivated by in silico predictions that Co, Rh, and Ir dopants would lead to low overpotentials to improve OER activity of Ni‐based hydroxides, we report here an experimental confirmation on the altered OER activities for a series of metals (Mo, W, Fe, Ru, Co, Rh, Ir) doped into γ‐NiOOH. The in situ electrical conductivity for metal doped γ‐NiOOH correlates well with the trend in enhanced OER activities. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were used to rationalize the in situ conductivity of the key intermediate states of metal doped γ‐NiOOH during OER. The simultaneous increase of OER activity with intermediate conductivity was later rationalized by their intrinsic connections to the double exchange (DE) interaction between adjacent metal ions with variousdorbital occupancies, serving as an indicator for the key metal‐oxo radical character, and an effective descriptor for the mechanistic evaluation and theoretical guidance in design and screening of efficient OER catalysts.

 
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Award ID(s):
1805022
NSF-PAR ID:
10251614
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Publisher / Repository:
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
Date Published:
Journal Name:
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume:
60
Issue:
30
ISSN:
1433-7851
Page Range / eLocation ID:
p. 16448-16456
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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