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Prussian blue analogue-derived porous bimetallic oxides Fe3O4–NiO/NF as urea oxidation electrocatalysis

Miaomiao Han and Gang Yan

School of Municipal and Environmental Engineering, Jilin University of Architecture and Technology, Changchun, China



Received: 3 January 2020  Accepted: 21 June 2020


Electrocatalytic urea oxidation reaction (UOR), as an important half-reaction of the direct urea fuel cell, has an important application in the fields of electricity generation, hydrogen production from urea-containing wastewater and urea wastewater treatment. However, the intrinsically sluggish reaction rate of UOR restircts its application. It is urgent to prepare advanced electrocatalysts with high catalytic activity and durability. Herein, we report a bimetallic oxide catalyst Fe3O4–NiO/NF with porous nanostructure derived from Prussian blue analogue. The prepared catalyst has a high BET surface area (79 m2 g−1) and mesoporous structure. Fe3O4–NiO/NF has remarkable UOR activity compared with NiFe(CN)6/NF, the required potential for Fe3O4–NiO/NF decreased from 1.5 to 1.44 V to reach current density of 10 mA cm−2, and the Tafel slope decreased from 38.7 to 32.5 mV dec−1. The advanced porous nanostructure and abundant redox couple of Ni3+/Ni2+ and Fe3+/Fe2+ make Fe3O4–NiO/NF to be a promising UOR catalyst. This study provides a universal optimization strategy of structure and composition for designing advanced UOR electrocatalysts.

Keywords: Urea oxidation reaction; Prussian blue analogues; Metallic oxides

Full paper is available at

DOI: 10.1007/s11696-020-01260-9


Chemical Papers 74 (12) 4473–4480 (2020)

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XXVIII. International Conference on Coordination and Bioinorganic Chemistry
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