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Title: Sol-gel electrospun ZnMn2O4 nanofibers as bifunctional electrocatalysts for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions
Authors: Shamitha, C.
Shetty, A.R.
Hegde, A.C.
Anandhan, S.
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Materials Research Express, 2019, Vol.6, 11, pp.-
Abstract: Electrochemical water-splitting has gained significant attention for the development of next generation fuels. The present work is an investigation on the electrocatalytic activity towards both Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER) and Hydrogen Evolution Reaction (HER) of ZnMn2O4 (ZMO) nanofabrics synthesized by sol-gel electrospinning followed by calcination (at 500, 600 and 700 C). Poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) was used as the polymeric binder for the production of nanofabrics. The morphological features of ZMO nanofabrics were studied by scanning electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The electrocatalytic behavior of ZMO nanofabrics obtained at different calcination temperatures was evaluated using chrono-potentiometry, cyclic voltammetry, and linear sweep voltammetry in an alkaline medium (1 M KOH). The ZMO nanofabrics calcined at 500 C exhibited the maximum electrocatalytic activity towards HER. This can be ascribed to their superior specific surface area (79.5 m2 g-1). The nanofabrics calcined at 700 C displayed the least potential for O2 evolution and hence they are considered to be effective for OER. The results prove that ZMO nanofabrics are promising candidates as bifunctional electrocatalysts for water-splitting applications. 2019 IOP Publishing Ltd.
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