Electrochemical Water Oxidation Catalysed by CoO-Co2O3-Co(OH)2 Multiphase-Nanoparticles Prepared by Femtosecond Laser Ablation in Water

Teppei Nishi, Yuichiro Hayasaka, Tomiko M. Suzuki, Shunsuke Sato, Noritake Isomura, Naoko Takahashi, Satoru Kosaka, Takahiro Nakamura, Shunichi Sato, Takeshi Morikawa

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Nanoparticle formation via laser ablation in liquid is known to produce functional materials. However, there have been few applications of this technique to the synthesis of electrochemical catalysts for energy conversion. Herein, we report the detailed effects of femtosecond laser ablation in water on the structure and activity of a catalyst intended to promote the electrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in association with water oxidation. The femtosecond laser ablation of submicron-sized Co–CoO particles induced a drastic size reduction (from approximately 500 to 5 nm) to give highly dispersed CoO nanoparticles. X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) data demonstrated that these particles also contained Co3O4 and CoO(OH) but not metallic Co. These 5 nm-CoO nanoparticles showed higher mass-based-activity and lower over-potential values than those of submicron-sized Co–CoO during the OER in a nearly neutral solution. XANES data suggest that Co containing Co2O3 and Co(OH)2 formed during the OER functioned as the actual OER catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4979-4984
Number of pages6
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 8


  • electrochemistry
  • laser ablation
  • nanoparticles
  • supported catalysts
  • water oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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