Ni alloy nanowires as high efficiency electrode materials for alkaline electrolysers

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The fabrication and characterization of nickel-alloy electrodes for alkaline electrolysers is reported. Three different alloys (Ni–Co, Ni–Zn and Ni–W) at different composition were studied in order to determine the optimum condition. Nanostructured electrodes were obtained by template electrodeposition into a nanoporous membrane, starting from aqueous solution containing the two elements of the alloy at different concentrations. Composition of alloys can be tuned by electrolyte composition and also depends on the difference of the redox potential of elements and on the presence of complexing agents in deposition bath. Electrochemical and electrocatalytic tests, aimed at establishing the best alloy composition, were carried out for hydrogen evolution reaction. Then, test conducted at a constant current density in potassium hydroxide (30% w/w) aqueous solution were also performed. For all investigated alloys, very encouraging results were obtained and in particular Ni–Co alloys richer in Co showed the best performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35777-35789
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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