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Fundamentals and Applications of Inorganic Oxygen Evolution Catalysts

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address: BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
postcode: 1015

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙199˙983 €
 EC max contribution 2˙199˙983 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2021-06-30


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 Project objective

The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is the key reaction to enable the storage of solar energy in the form of hydrogen fuel through water splitting. Efficient, Earth-abundant, and robust OER catalysts are required for a large-scale and cost-effective production of solar hydrogen. While OER catalysts based on metal oxides exhibit promising activity and stability, their rational design and developments are challenging due to the heterogeneous nature of the catalysts. Here I propose a project to (i) understand OER on metal oxides at the molecular level and engineer catalytic sites at the atomic scale; (ii) develop and apply practical OER catalysts for high-efficiency water splitting in electrochemical and photoelectrochemical devices. The first general objective will be obtained by using 2-dimensional metal oxide nanosheets as a platform to probe the intrinsic activity and active sites of metal oxide OER catalysts, as well as by developing sub-nanocluster and single-atom metal oxide OER catalysis. The second general objective will be obtained by establishing new and better synthetic methods, developing new classes of catalysts, and applying catalysts in innovative water splitting devices. The project employs methodologies from many different disciplines in chemistry and materials science. Synthesis is the starting point and the backbone of the project, and the synthetic efforts are complemented and valorised by state-of-the-art characterization and catalytic tests. The project will not only yield significant fundamental insights and knowledge in heterogeneous OER catalysis, but also produce functional and economically viable catalysts for solar fuel production.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Laurent Liardet, Xile Hu
Amorphous Cobalt Vanadium Oxide as a Highly Active Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Evolution
published pages: 644-650, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b03198
ACS Catalysis 8/1 2019-06-18
2017 Fang Song, Jordan Katz, Xile Hu
Catalyst Surface Dynamics Reveals a Simple Geometric Descriptor of Activity
published pages: 421-422, ISSN: 2542-4351, DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2017.10.003
Joule 1/3 2019-06-18
2018 Fang Song, Lichen Bai, Aliki Moysiadou, Seunghwa Lee, Chao Hu, Laurent Liardet, Xile Hu
Transition Metal Oxides as Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction in Alkaline Solutions: An Application-Inspired Renaissance
published pages: 7748-7759, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b04546
Journal of the American Chemical Society 140/25 2019-03-11
2018 Kongliang Xu, Fang Song, Jun Gu, Xiang Xu, Zhenning Liu, Xile Hu
Solvent-induced surface hydroxylation of a layered perovskite Sr 3 FeCoO 7−δ for enhanced oxygen evolution catalysis
published pages: 14240-14245, ISSN: 2050-7488, DOI: 10.1039/c8ta04976a
Journal of Materials Chemistry A 6/29 2019-03-11
2019 Fang Song, Michael M. Busch, Benedikt Lassalle-Kaiser, Chia-Shuo Hsu, Elitsa Petkucheva, Michaël Bensimon, Hao Ming Chen, Clemence Corminboeuf, Xile Hu
An Unconventional Iron Nickel Catalyst for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction
published pages: 558-568, ISSN: 2374-7943, DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b00053
ACS Central Science 5/3 2019-08-29
2019 Sijie Liu, Antoine P. van Muyden, Lichen Bai, Xinjiang Cui, Zhaofu Fei, Xuehui Li, Xile Hu, Paul J. Dyson
Metal‐Sulfide Catalysts Derived from Lignosulfonate and their Efficient Use in Hydrogenolysis
published pages: 3271-3277, ISSN: 1864-5631, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201900677
ChemSusChem 12 2019-08-29
2019 Sijie Liu, Lichen Bai, Antoine P. van Muyden, Zhangjun Huang, Xinjiang Cui, Zhaofu Fei, Xuehui Li, Xile Hu, Paul J. Dyson
Oxidative cleavage of β-O-4 bonds in lignin model compounds with a single-atom Co catalyst
published pages: 1974-1981, ISSN: 1463-9262, DOI: 10.1039/c9gc00293f
Green Chemistry 21/8 2019-08-29
2019 Jun Gu, Chia-Shuo Hsu, Lichen Bai, Hao Ming Chen, Xile Hu
Atomically dispersed Fe 3+ sites catalyze efficient CO 2 electroreduction to CO
published pages: 1091-1094, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw7515
Science 364/6445 2019-08-29
2019 Jun Gu, Xile Hu
Homogeneous Reactions Limit the Efficiency of Gold Electrodes in CO 2 Electroreduction
published pages: 933-935, ISSN: 2374-7943, DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b00461
ACS Central Science 5/6 2019-08-29
2019 Lei Zhang, Laurent Liardet, Jingshan Luo, Dan Ren, Michael Grätzel, Xile Hu
Photoelectrocatalytic arene C–H amination
published pages: 366-373, ISSN: 2520-1158, DOI: 10.1038/s41929-019-0231-9
Nature Catalysis 2/4 2019-08-29
2019 Zhikun Zhang, Lichen Bai, Xile Hu
Alkene hydrosilylation catalyzed by easily assembled Ni( ii )-carboxylate MOFs
published pages: 3791-3795, ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/c9sc00126c
Chemical Science 10/13 2019-08-29
2019 Seunghwa Lee, Karla Banjac, Magalí Lingenfelder, Xile Hu
Oxygen Isotope Labeling Experiments Reveal Different Reaction Sites for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction on Nickel and Nickel Iron Oxides
published pages: 10295-10299, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201903200
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58/30 2019-08-29
2019 Laurent Liardet, Jordan E. Katz, Jingshan Luo, Michael Grätzel, Xile Hu
An ultrathin cobalt–iron oxide catalyst for water oxidation on nanostructured hematite photoanodes
published pages: 6012-6020, ISSN: 2050-7488, DOI: 10.1039/c8ta12295d
Journal of Materials Chemistry A 7/11 2019-08-29

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