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Title: Chemically prepared Polypyrrole/ZnWO 4 nanocomposite electrodes for electrocatalytic water splitting
Authors: Brijesh, K.
Bindu, K.
Shanbhag, D.
Nagaraja, H.S.
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2019, Vol.44, 2, pp.757-767
Abstract: ZnWO 4 , PPy, and PPy/ZnWO 4 nanoparticles were prepared using chemical synthesis. The structural, compositional and morphological properties of the prepared samples have been investigated using XRD, FTIR, SEM, and HRTEM respectively. The powder XRD reveals the monoclinic wolframite structure for both ZnWO 4 and PPy/ZnWO 4 nanocomposite. SEM confirms the wrapping of ZnWO 4 with PPy. The electrodes of ZnWO 4 , PPy, and PPy/ZnWO 4 have been tested as bifunctional electrocatalyst towards HER and OER using constant current chronopotentiometry (CP) and Linear Sweep Voltammetry (LSV). The electrochemical surface area and the electrocatalytic activity PPy/ZnWO 4 nanocomposite towards HER and OER are greater than that of pure ZnWO 4 and PPy. The Tafel slope of PPy/ZnWO 4 nanocomposite is 76 and 84 mV dec ?1 in 0.5 M H 2 SO 4 and 1 M KOH at room temperature for HER and OER respectively. The results suggest that PPy/ZnWO 4 nanocomposite is a good candidate for the bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting. 2018 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC
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