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Title: Amorphization activated ruthenium-tellurium nanorods for efficient water splitting
Authors: Wang, J
Han, LL
Huang, BL 
Shao, Q
Xin, HLL
Huang, XQ
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Source: Nature communications, 12 Dec. 2019, v. 10, 5692, p. 1-11 How to cite?
Journal: Nature communications 
Abstract: Pursuing active and durable water splitting electrocatalysts is of vital significance for solving the sluggish kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) process in energy supply. Herein, theoretical calculations identify that the local distortion-strain effect in amorphous RuTe2 system abnormally sensitizes the Te-p pi coupling capability and enhances the electron-transfer of Ru-sites, in which the excellent inter-orbital p-d transfers determine strong electronic activities for boosting OER performance. Thus, a robust electrocatalyst based on amorphous RuTe2 porous nanorods (PNRs) is successfully fabricated. In the acidic water splitting, a-RuTe2 PNRs exhibit a superior performance, which only require a cell voltage of 1.52 V to reach a current density of 10 mA cm(-2). Detailed investigations show that the high density of defects combine with oxygen atoms to form RuOxHy species, which are conducive to the OER. This work offers valuable insights for constructing robust electrocatalysts based on theoretical calculations guided by rational design and amorphous materials.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/81769
EISSN: 2041-1723
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-13519-1
Rights: Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in thearticle’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
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The following publication Wang, J., Han, L., Huang, B. et al. Amorphization activated ruthenium-tellurium nanorods for efficient water splitting. Nat Commun 10, 5692 (2019), 1-11 is available at https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13519-1
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