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Metal-organic frameworks: Evolved oxygen evolution catalysts

Catalysing the oxygen evolution reaction is central to electrochemical energy conversion technologies such as electrolysis, but the high cost of state-of-the-art precious metal oxide electrocatalysts hinders commercialization. Now, thin sheets of a metal–organic framework are shown to provide a high-performing, cheaper alternative.

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Figure 1: Thin sheets of Ni–Co metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) as anodic oxygen evolution electrocatalysts in alkaline conditions for electrolyser applications.


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Miner, E., Dincă, M. Metal-organic frameworks: Evolved oxygen evolution catalysts. Nat Energy 1, 16186 (2016).

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