Bio-inspired design of hierarchical FeP nanostructure arrays for the hydrogen evolution reaction
bio-inspired mineralization, phosphorization, FeP array, hydrogen evolution, DFT calculations
ABSTRACT Hierarchical FeP nanoarray films composed of FeP nanopetals were successfully synthesized via a bio-inspired hydrothermal route followed by phosphorization. Glycerol, as a crystal growth modifier, plays a significant role in controlling the morphology and structure of the FeO(OH) precursor during the biomineralization process, while the following transfer and pseudomorphic transformation of the FeO(OH) film successfully give rise to the FeP array film. The as-prepared FeP film electrodes exhibit excellent hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) performance over a wide pH range. Theoretical calculations reveal that the mixed P/Fe termination in the FeP film is responsible for the high catalytic activity of the nanostructured electrodes. This new insight will promote further explorations of efficient metal phosphoride-based catalysts for the HER. More importantly, this study bridges the gap between biological and inorganic self-assembling nanosystems and may open up a new avenue for the preparation of functional nanostructures with application in energy devices.
Tsinghua University Press
Ya Yan,Xue Rong Shi,Mao Miao,Ting He,Ze Hua Dong,Ke Zhan,Jun He Yang,Bin Zhao,Bao Yu Xia, Bio-inspired design of hierarchical FeP nanostructure arrays for the hydrogen evolution reaction. NanoRes.2018, 11(7): 3537–3547