Double Perovskite Cobaltites Integrated in a Monolithic and Noble Metal-Free Photoelectrochemical Device for Efficient Water Splitting
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Original versionACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2021, 13 (17), 20313-20325. 10.1021/acsami.1c01900
Water photoelectrolysis has the potential to produce renewable hydrogen fuel, therefore addressing the intermittent nature of sunlight. Herein, a monolithic, photovoltaic (PV)-assisted water electrolysis device of minimal engineering and of low (in the μg range) noble-metal-free catalysts loading is presented for unassisted water splitting in alkaline media. An efficient double perovskite cobaltite catalyst, originally developed for high-temperature proton-conducting ceramic electrolyzers, possesses high activity for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline media at room temperatures too. Ba1–xGd1–yLax+yCo2O6−δ (BGLC) is combined with a NiMo cathode, and a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 6.6% in 1.0 M NaOH, under 1 sun simulated illumination for 71 h, is demonstrated. This work highlights how readily available earth-abundant materials and established PV methods can achieve high performance and stable and monolithic photoelectrolysis devices with potential for full-scale applications.