Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Reaction of Zr-Cu-Ni-Al Metallic Glass with an Oxide Layer in Alkaline Media

Sarac B., Ivanov Y. P., Micusik M., Omastova M., Sarac A. S., Bazlov A. I., ...More

ACS CATALYSIS, vol.12, no.15, pp.9190-9200, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 15
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/acscatal.2c02672
  • Journal Name: ACS CATALYSIS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Chemical Abstracts Core, Chimica, Compendex
  • Page Numbers: pp.9190-9200
  • Keywords: oxygen evolution reaction, metallic glass, zirconium, electrochemistry, hydroxide ion, oxide layer, nanostructure, composition, BIFUNCTIONAL ELECTROCATALYSTS, HYDROGEN-PRODUCTION, CATALYTIC-ACTIVITY, WATER, PERFORMANCE, REDUCTION, ELECTROLYTE, STABILITY, OXIDATION, IMPEDANCE
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study elaborates on the tunability of Zr and O amounts in the ZrO2 layer of a melt-spun Zr65Cu17.5Ni10Al7.5 ribbon under cyclic polarization. The formation of an amorphous Zr-rich oxide layer facilitates the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) as confirmed by the decrease in the Tafel slope from 109 to 80 mV dec(-1) as well as conservation of its stability over 250 cycles and at long-term open circuit potential measurement, outperforming many of the precious and transition metal-based oxides and their composites. The evolution of additional binding energy at similar to 183.5 eV (Zr3d5 Zr-OH peak) indicates hydroxide ion insertion into the Zr-based metallic glass. The magnitude of impedance (cf. 625 omega cm(2) for as-spun vs 140 omega cm(2) for after-OER at 0.6 V and 100 Hz) and characteristic frequency (c.f. 80 degrees at 0.6 V for as-spun and 30 degrees at 0.9 V for after-OER) vs Ag/AgCl are relatively small for the post-OER electrode compared to the as-spun counterpart, corroborating enhanced kinetics of the post-OER electrode. Modifications in the oxide layer upon the OER yield an enormous increase in ion accumulation and electron transfer with a maximum true capacitance reaching similar to 0.0271 F cm(-2). Thus, a homogeneous combination of inexpensive Earth-abundant metals and an amorphous structure forms a highly active and stable oxide layer to be used for future renewable energy production materials.