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A trinuclear cobalt-based coordination polymer as an efficient oxygen evolution electrocatalyst at neutral pH

Ibrahim, Shaista, Shehzadi, Kiran, Iqbal, Bushra, Abbas, Saghir, Turner, David R., Nadeem, Muhammad Arif
Journal of colloid and interface science 2019 v.545 pp. 269-275
catalysts, cobalt, coordination polymers, cost effectiveness, dimethyl sulfoxide, electrochemistry, electrolysis, oxidation, oxygen production, pH, photosynthesis, pyrazines
The dearth of an efficient, robust, abundant and cost-effective water oxidation catalyst is debatably the major hurdle for the technological advancement of artificial photosynthesis devices. Herein, a three dimensional (3D) cobalt-based coordination polymer {[Co3(pyz)(fa)3(dmso)2]·2H2O}n, (1) (pyz = pyrazine, fa = fumarate, dmso = dimethyl sulfoxide) has been synthesized and demonstrated to act as an efficient electrocatalyst towards water oxidation at neutral pH. Compound 1 displays a stair-like arrangement parallel to the b-axis, with the cobalt clusters arranged in a zigzag fashion, and contains small, honeycomb-like channels parallel to the c-axis. Compound 1 shows a remarkable activity for water oxidation and attains a current density of 1−2 at low overpotential (η = 257 mV) with a Tafel slope value of 80.5 mV.dec−1. This high performance of 1 in catalysing the water oxidation reaction is attributed to its unique 3-D architecture. The results of electrochemical investigations, including long-term and controlled potential electrolysis, are anticipated to guide the forthcoming advancement in creating efficient, cheap and noble metal (Pt/Ru/Ir) free catalysts for the water oxidation reaction.