Activity of IrO 2 supported on tantalum-doped TiO 2 electrocatalyst for solid polymer electrolyte water electrolyzer

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Abstract

TiO 2 doped tantalum was successfully synthesized via an evaporation-induced self-assembly method (EISA) as a support of IrO 2 for a solid polymer electrolyte water electrolyzer (SPEWE). The IrO 2 was synthesized on the surface of Ta-doped TiO 2 support by using the Adams fusion method. The samples were characterized by BET, XRD, SEM, TEM, CV, EIS and polarization curves of single cells. The doping amount of Tantalum (5, 10, 20, 30 at%) was thoroughly investigated to evaluate the effects on structure, electric conductivity and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity of Ta-doped titania supported IrO 2 . The results indicated that a significant effect of the Ta dopant on the phase composition and conductivity. Among all the catalysts, with the optimized catalyst IrO 2 loading, the terminal applied potential was 1.849 V at 1000 mA cm -2 and 80 °C in a SPE water electrolysis cell using 80IrO 2 /Ti 0.7 Ta 0.3 O 2 as anode. IrO 2 loading 80% IrO 2 /Ti 0.7 Ta 0.3 O 2 showed better performance than that of the pristine IrO 2 after normalizing the current density for IrO 2 loading. The increased performance can be attributed to the better dispersion of the IrO 2 on Ti 0.7 Ta 0.3 O 2 resulting in smaller crystallites and large surface area. In closing, Ti 0.7 Ta 0.3 O 2 showed outstanding promise as an electrocatalyst support in SPE water electrolysis.

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Lv, H., Zhang, G., Hao, C., Mi, C., Zhou, W., Yang, D., … Zhang, C. (2017). Activity of IrO 2 supported on tantalum-doped TiO 2 electrocatalyst for solid polymer electrolyte water electrolyzer. RSC Advances, 7(64), 40427–40436. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ra06534e

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