A transparent electrode with water-oxidizing activity

Gouhar Azadi, Robabeh Bagheri, Rahman Bikas, Younes Mousazade, Junfeng Cui, Zhenlun Song, Vasyl Kinzhybalo, Jian Ren Shen, Suleyman Allakhverdiev, Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour

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Hydrogen production by water splitting is a promising method to store energy. Water-oxidation reaction is a bottleneck in water-splitting systems. Herein, a mononuclear nickel(II) phosphine complex with 1,2-bis(dicyclohexylphosphino)ethane ligand, was synthesized and characterized by X-ray crystallography method. The water-oxidizing catalyst under the electrochemical condition was studied. The role of Ni compound for the water-oxidation reaction on the surface of fluorine-doped tin oxide as one of the true catalysts was investigated by the electrochemical methods and Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled with Energy Dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX) Spectroscopy. The big ligand around the Ni ion causes a very small size of Ni-based particles on the surface of the electrode, which are the active catalysts for the water-oxidation reaction. Such small nanosized Ni-based compounds are transparent and have no effect on the transparency of the obtained fluorine-doped tin oxide. Thus, it is a promising method to synthesize a transparent fluorine-doped tin oxide with water-oxidizing activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22896-22904
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - Dec 20 2018


  • Catalyst
  • Fluorine-doped tin oxide
  • Hydrogen production
  • Water oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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