Fast and facile synthesis of carbonate-modified NiFe layered double hydroxide nanosheets by dielectric barrier discharge microplasma: mechanism and application in enhanced water oxidation


A fast and facile approach was designed to fabricate carbonate (Ci)-modified NiFe layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets array on carbon cloth (CC) by dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) microplasma. The whole synthetic process can be completed within 1 h at ambient temperature and pressure. The prepared NiFe LDH-Ci/CC emerges a superior catalytic activity for oxygen evolving reaction in alkaline media, which only demands an overpotential of 240 mV at 20 mA cm−2 with a high stability for at least 90 h, and shows an excellent turnover frequency value of 0.323 mol O2 s−1 at 350 mV. Time-resolved measurements of direct emission spectra for nitrogen second positive system N2(C-B) were measured in the DBD microplasma discharge. And a high vibrational temperature (Tvib, 3100 K) and rotational temperature (Trot, 340 K) were obtained, indicating a great chemical reactivity. In addition, the intermediate products of hydroxyl radicals (·OH) were identified and the possible synthesis mechanism was tentatively proposed.

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A fast and facile approach was designed to fabricate NiFe LDH-Ci/CC by DBD microplasma.

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The authors thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21605108) and the Foundation of Sichuan Normal University No. ZZYQ2020006 for financial support.

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Wang, Z., Zhang, J., Wang, Q. et al. Fast and facile synthesis of carbonate-modified NiFe layered double hydroxide nanosheets by dielectric barrier discharge microplasma: mechanism and application in enhanced water oxidation. J Mater Sci 56, 8115–8126 (2021).

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