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The Stability Challenges of Oxygen Evolving Catalysts: Towards a Common Fundamental Understanding and Mitigation of Catalyst Degradation

Spöri, Camillo Wolfgang; Kwan, Jason Tai Hong; Bonakdarpour, Arman; Wilkinson, David P.; Strasser, Peter

This review addresses the technical challenges, their scientific basis, as well as recent progress and the road ahead with respect to the stability and degradation of OER catalysts operating at electrolyzer anodes in acidic environments with an emphasis on MEA based operation. First, we start clarifying the complexity associated with the term “catalyst stability”, cover today’s performance targets and outline major catalyst degradation mechanisms and their mitigation strategies. Then we evaluate suitable in-situ experimental methods to get insight into catalyst degradation and describe achievements in tuning OER catalyst stability. Finally, we highlight the importance of identifying universal figures of merit for stability and develop a comprehensive accelerated life test (ALT) that would yield comparable performance data across labs and catalyst types. As a whole, this review will help to disseminate and highlight the important relations between structure, composition and stability of OER catalysis under different operating conditions.
Published in: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 10.1002/anie.201608601, Wiley-VCH
  • Manuscript submitted unter different title: "The Stability Challenges of Oxygen Evolving Electrocatalysts: Towards a Common Fundamental Understanding and Mitigation of Catalyst Degradation"