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Hybrid Water Electrolysis: A New Sustainable Avenue for Energy-Saving Hydrogen Production


Developing renewable energy-driven water splitting for sustainable hydrogen production plays a key role in achieving the carbon neutrality goal. Nevertheless, the efficiency of traditional pure water electrolysis is severely hampered by the anodic oxygen evolution reaction (OER), due to its sluggish kinetics. In this context, replacing OER with thermodynamically more favorable oxidation reactions to produce hydrogen via hybrid water electrolysis becomes an energy-saving hydrogen production scheme. Here, the recent advances in hybrid water electrolysis are critically reviewed. First, the fundamentals of electrochemical oxidation of typical organic molecules such as urea, hydrazine and biomass are presented. Then, the recent achievements in electrocatalysts for hybrid water electrolysis are introduced, with an emphasis on outlining catalyst design strategies and the correlation between catalyst structure and performance. Finally, future perspectives in this field for a sustainable hydrogen economy are proposed.

Funding source: This work is supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (FT160100195). Dr. Wei Wei acknowledges the support of the Australian Research Council (ARC) through project DE220100530. Mr. Zhijie Chen also thanks to the support from China Scholarship Council (CSC)
Related subjects: Production & Supply Chain

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