Hierarchical W18O49/NiWO4/NF heterojunction with tuned composition and charge transfer for efficient water splitting

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Applied Surface Science


Designing and synthesizing heterojunction electrocatalyst with abundant active sites is critical to optimize the activity of electrochemical water splitting. Herein, a typical hierarchical W18O49/NiWO4 heterojunction grown on nickel foam was successfully synthesized via a multistep synthesis strategy. The electrochemical oxidation and reduction process triggers the amorphization of W18O49 and significantly enhances the interfacial interaction, thereby endowing the composites with enriched active sites. The W18O49/NiWO4/NF is completely reconstructed to NiWO4/NF and NiWO4/NiOOH/NF with amorphous-crystalline interface (denoted as H-AM/NiWO4/NF for HER and O-AM/NiWO4/NiOOH/NF for OER). The valence of tungsten ions is well modulated to achieve a high proportion of tetravalent W (IV) active sites accompanied by abundant oxygen vacancies. The increased Ni (III) ions as OER active sites have strong orbital overlap with reaction intermediate, which stabilize the low-valent W (IV) by producing more NiOOH species during the oxygen evolution reaction. Benefiting from the amorphous–crystalline composites, unsaturated W (IV) sites, abundant oxygen vacancies, and highly active NiOOH species, the activated electrocatalyst exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity, achieving a small overpotential of 1.53 V at 10 mA·cm−2 for water-splitting and maintaining long-term stability at least 100 h.

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National Natural Science Foundation of China



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