Efficient electrocatalytic conversion of N-2 to NH3 on NiWO4 under ambient conditions
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- Efficient electrocatalytic conversion of N-2 to NH3 on NiWO4 under ambient conditions
- Wang, Jia; Jang, Haeseong; Li, Guangkai; Kim, Min Gyu; Wu, Zexing; Liu, Xien; Cho, Jaephil
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- ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
- NANOSCALE, v.12, no.3, pp.1478 - 1483
- The development of highly efficient and inexpensive catalysts is still a tremendous challenge for the electrocatalytic nitrogen reduction reaction (NRR), which is a promising alternative to high-temperature and high-pressure industrial technologies for the synthesis of NH3. Herein, we report a facile and large scale strategy exploiting a porous non-precious bimetallic oxide of NiWO4 for the NRR under ambient conditions. Benefiting from the above-mentioned merits, the designed electrocatalyst achieved outstanding catalytic activities in both 0.1 M HCl (NH3 yield: (40.05 +/- 1.45) mu g h(-1) mg(cat)(-1)., Faraday efficiency (FE): (19.32 +/- 0.68)% at -0.3 V) and 0.1 Na2SO4 (NH3 yield: (23.14 +/- 1.75) mu g h(-1) mg(cat)(-1)., Farady efficiency: (10.18 +/- 0.62)% at -0.3 V), and these efficiencies are superior to most of the reported non-precious metals for the NRR. Furthermore, the prepared catalyst presented excellent stability in both acidic and neutral media for up to 20 h. This work opens a constructive avenue for optimizing the catalytic performance of metal oxides and other transition metal-based catalysts for NRRs.
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