, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 653–661 | Cite as

Co3O4 Nanosheet Arrays on Ni Foam as Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Evolution Reaction

  • Youyi Yu
  • Jiali Zhang
  • Min Zhong
  • Shouwu GuoEmail author
Original Research


Co3O4 nanosheet arrays on Ni foam (Co3O4 NS/NF) were designed, fabricated, and utilized as electrocatalysts for electrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The electrocatalytic performance of the Co3O4 NS/NF for OER was systematically evaluated by cyclic voltammetry, linear polarization, and Tafel curve measurements. Compared to the bare Ni foam, free-standing Co3O4 nanosheets, and commercialized Pt/C electrodes, Co3O4 NS/NF exhibits excellent OER activity in water-alkaline electrolyte with low onset overpotential (~ 50 mV), large anodic current density, and excellent durability. The compatible electrocatalytic activity for OER of the Co3O4 NS/NF is attributed to the unique nanosheet structure and the interconnected nanoarrays configuration of Co3O4 that provides plentiful catalytic active sites, in addition to the inherent catalytic activity of Co3O4. The electron transportation capability of the supporter Ni foam makes the composite a potential electrocatalyst for OER.

Graphical Abstract

Co3O4 nanosheet arrays on Ni foam (Co3O4 NS/NF) was designed, fabricated, and utilized as electrocatalyst for the electrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (OER).


Co3O4 nanoarrays Ni foam Oxygen evolution reaction Electrocatalysis 


Funding information

The work was financially supported by the National “973 Program” of China (2015CB931801) and the National Science foundation of China (No. 11374205).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electronic Engineering, School of Electronic Information and Electrical EngineeringShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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