Large current density for oxygen evolution from pyramidally-coordinated Co oxide

Yitian Hu, Lili Li, Jianfa Zhao, Yu Cheng Huang, Chang yang Kuo, Jing Zhou, Yalei Fan, Hong Ji Lin, Chung Li Dong, Chih Wen Pao, Jyh Fu Lee, Chien Te Chen, Changqing Jin, Zhiwei Hu*, Jian Qiang Wang*, Linjuan Zhang

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Developing efficient electrocatalyst at large current densities to meet the requirement of industrial water splitting is a big challenge today. Herein, we report a class of catalyst, BiCoO3 with pyramidally coordinated Co3+. BiCoO3 exhibits a large current density of 1000 mA cm−2 at a low overpotential of 402 mV and the overpotential even reduces to only 303 mV to achieve 1000 mA cm−2 by replacing Co with Fe, which belongs to the first-class level among large-current-densities electrocatalysts reported so far. Different from artificially created oxygen vacancies to optimize the bonding strength of the intermediate for enhancement of OER activity, BiCoO3 has the rich active sites and the shortest reaction pathway leading to a large current density, as structurally every Co-O cluster has one oxygen vacancy. This work opens a new avenue for enhanced OER activity at high current densities via optimizing the arrangement of ligand vacancies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122785
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
StatePublished - 15 Sep 2023


  • BiCoO
  • Large current density
  • Oxygen evolution reaction
  • Oxygen vacancies


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