Electrochemical Stability of the Reconstructed Fe3O4(001) Surface

Establishing the atomic-scale structure of metal-oxide surfaces during electrochemical reactions is a key step to modeling this important class of electrocatalysts. Here, we demonstrate that the characteristic (root 2x root 2)R45 degrees surface reconstruction formed on (001)-oriented magnetite single crystals is maintained after immersion in 0.1 M NaOH at 0.20 V vs. Ag/AgCl and we investigate its dependence on the electrode potential. We follow the evolution of the surface using in situ and operando surface X-ray diffraction from the onset of hydrogen evolution, to potentials deep in the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) regime. The reconstruction remains stable for hours between -0.20 and 0.60 V and, surprisingly, is still present at anodic current densities of up to 10 mA cm(-2)and strongly affects the OER kinetics. We attribute this to a stabilization of the Fe(3)O(4)bulk by the reconstructed surface. At more negative potentials, a gradual and largely irreversible lifting of the reconstruction is observed due to the onset of oxide reduction.


Published in:
Angewandte Chemie-International Edition
Year:
Sep 29 2020
Publisher:
Weinheim, WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH
ISSN:
1433-7851
1521-3773
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