Highly active and stable OER electrocatalysts derived from Sr2MIrO6 for proton exchange membrane water electrolyzers

Nat Commun. 2022 Dec 24;13(1):7935. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-35631-5.

ABSTRACT

Proton exchange membrane water electrolysis is a promising technology to produce green hydrogen from renewables, as it can efficiently achieve high current densities. Lowering iridium amount in oxygen evolution reaction electrocatalysts is critical for achieving cost-effective production of green hydrogen. In this work, we develop catalysts from Ir double perovskites. Sr2CaIrO6 achieves 10 mA cm-2 at only 1.48 V. The surface of the perovskite reconstructs when immersed in an acidic electrolyte and during the first catalytic cycles, resulting in a stable surface conformed by short-range order edge-sharing IrO6 octahedra arranged in an open structure responsible for the high performance. A proton exchange membrane water electrolysis cell is developed with Sr2CaIrO6 as anode and low Ir loading (0.4 mgIr cm-2). The cell achieves 2.40 V at 6 A cm-2 (overload) and no loss in performance at a constant 2 A cm-2 (nominal load). Thus, reducing Ir use without compromising efficiency and lifetime.

PMID:36566246 | PMC:PMC9789951 | DOI:10.1038/s41467-022-35631-5

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