Acid-Stable, Low-Noble-Metal Content Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysts Via Rapid Plasma Synthesis

Tuesday, 30 May 2017: 11:00
Grand Salon A - Section 3 (Hilton New Orleans Riverside)
S. Kumari, C. Robinson, B. Ajayi, M. K. Sunkara, and J. M. Spurgeon (University of Louisville, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research)
One outstanding research challenge in water-splitting electrocatalysis is that few known materials have both high catalytic activity and extended stability for the oxygen evolution reaction in acidic electrolytes, and these have primarily been limited to noble metal oxides. A rapid and scalable novel plasma synthesis technique has been employed to fabricate mixed metal oxide compositions of homogeneously phase-pure catalysts with an aim toward the development of acid-stable OER catalysts of low noble metal content. In particular, a composition of W0.9Ir0.1Ox has been characterized and shows high activity and stability at pH 0 following a standardized benchmarking protocol. A high-throughput plasma reactor nanoparticle printer has been developed to enable the rapid search for acid-stable OER catalysts with minimal to no platinum-group-metal elements. Such materials could improve the sustainability and economic competitiveness of proton exchange membrane electrolyzers.