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Integrated Three-Dimensional Carbon Paper/Carbon Tubes/Cobalt-Sulfide Sheets as an Efficient Electrode for Overall Water Splitting

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posted on 2016-01-19, 00:00 authored by Jun Wang, Hai-xia Zhong, Zhong-li Wang, Fan-lu Meng, Xin-bo Zhang
The development of an efficient catalytic electrode toward both hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is of great significance for overall water splitting associated with the conversion and storage of clean and renewable energy. In this study, carbon paper/carbon tubes/cobalt-sulfide is introduced as an integrated three-dimensional (3D) array electrode for cost-effective and energy-efficient HER and OER in alkaline medium. Impressively, this electrode displays superior performance compared to non-noble metal catalysts reported previously, benefiting from the unique 3D array architecture with increased exposure and accessibility of active sites, improved vectorial electron transport capability, and enhanced release of gaseous products. Such an integrated and versatile electrode makes the overall water splitting proceed in a more direct and smooth manner, reducing the production cost of practical technological devices.