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Study of Activity and Super-Capacitance Exhibited by Bifunctional Raney 2.0 Catalyst for Alkaline Water-Splitting Electrolysis


Low-cost, high-performance coatings for hydrogen production via electrolytic water-splitting are of great importance for de-carbonising energy. In this study the Raney2.0 coating was analysed using various electrochemical techniques to assess its absolute performance, and it was confirmed to have an extremely low overpotential for hydrogen evolution of just 28 mV at 10 mA/cm2. It was also confirmed to be an acceptable catalyst for oxygen evolution, making it the highest performing simple bifunctional electrocatalyst known. The coating exhibits an extremely high capacitance of up to 1.7 F/cm2, as well as being able to store 0.61 J/cm2 in the form of temporary hydride deposits. A new technique is presented that performs a best-fit of a transient simulation of an equivalent circuit containing a constant phase element to cyclic voltammetry measurements. From this the roughness factor of the coating was calculated to be approximately 40,000, which is the highest figure ever reported for this type of material. The coating is therefore an extremely useful improved bifunctional coating for the continued roll-out of alkaline electrolysis for large-scale renewable energy capture via hydrogen production.

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Countries: United Kingdom

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