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Understanding the Catalytic Selectivity of Cobalt Hexacyanoferrate toward Oxygen Evolution in Seawater Electrolysis
ACS Catalysis  (IF13.084),  Pub Date : 2021-10-14, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.1c03502
Franziska S. Hegner, Felipe A. Garcés-Pineda, Jesús González-Cobos, Barbara Rodríguez-García, Mabel Torréns, Emilio Palomares, Núria López, José-Ramón Galán-Mascarós

Hydrogen is a most desirable solar energy storage medium. It provides reliable, scalable, and long-term energy storage, while helping in the decarbonization of the energy cycle. Such a storage medium is required for further deployment of photovoltaics, either for their inclusion into transportation and heavy industries or for supporting renewable grid management. The most accessible hydrogen source is water. However, fresh water is a scarce resource, while seawater is abundant worldwide. A major drawback of seawater electrolysis comes from chloride oxidation competing with the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). This may produce toxic products such as chlorine and also limits the hydrogen energy efficiency of the overall process. Thus, selective catalysts toward the OER are of strong technological interest. Here we report the electrocatalytic activity of heterogeneous cobalt hexacyanoferrate toward seawater oxidation. Combining experimental and computational studies, we highlight the great difficulty in obtaining such selectivity and its main mechanistic descriptors. This Prussian blue derivative is an excellent and robust OER electrocatalyst, but unfortunately, it is not selective enough toward the OER in the presence of Cl anions. Faradaic efficiencies above 30% toward Cl2 were observed during untreated seawater bulk electrolysis.