Electrosynthesis of highly transparent cobalt oxide water oxidation catalyst files from cobalt aminopolycarboxylate complexes

Bonke, Shannon A., Wiechen, Mathias, Hocking, Rosalie K., Xi-Ya, Fang, Lupton, David W., Macfarlane, Douglas R., and Spiccia, Leone (2015) Electrosynthesis of highly transparent cobalt oxide water oxidation catalyst files from cobalt aminopolycarboxylate complexes. ChemSusChem, 8 (8). pp. 1394-1403.

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Abstract

Efficient catalysis of water oxidation represents one of the major challenges en route to efficient sunlight-driven water splitting. Cobalt oxides (CoOx) have been widely investigated as water oxidation catalysts, although the incorporation of these materials into photoelectrochemical devices has been hindered by a lack of transparency. Herein, the electrosynthesis of transparent CoOx catalyst films is described by utilizing cobalt(II) aminopolycarboxylate complexes as precursors to the oxide. These complexes allow control over the deposition rate and morphology to enable the production of thin, catalytic CoOx films on a conductive substrate, which can be exploited in integrated photoelectrochemical devices. Notably, under a bias of 1.0 V (vs. Ag/AgCl), the film deposited from [Co(NTA)(OH2)2]- (NTA=nitrilotriacetate) decreased the transmission by only 10% at λ=500 nm, but still generated >80% of the water oxidation current produced by a [Co(OH2)6]2+-derived oxide film whose transmission was only 40% at λ=500 nm.

Item ID: 39550
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1864-5631
Keywords: cobalt; electrochemistry; energy conversion; heterogeneous catalysis; water splitting
Funders: ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), Australian Government
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 02:22
FoR Codes: 03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0302 Inorganic Chemistry > 030201 Bioinorganic Chemistry @ 50%
03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0302 Inorganic Chemistry > 030207 Transition Metal Chemistry @ 50%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8504 Energy Transformation > 850402 Hydrogen-based Energy Systems (incl. Internal Hydrogen Combustion Engines) @ 100%
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