Porous Perovskite-Type Lanthanum Cobaltite as Electrocatalysts toward Oxygen Evolution Reaction

Jaemin Kim, Xuxia Chen, Pei Chieh Shih, Hong Yang

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Porous lanthanum cobaltite (LaCoO3) was prepared by hydrothermal reaction and converted into hollow nanospheres through heat treatment. These hollow spheres were examined as electrocatalysts toward oxygen evolution reaction (OER) using the rotating disk electrode technique in an alkaline solution. The obtained mass-specific OER activity was 7.51 A/g for porous LaCoO3 particles and 12.58 A/g for hollow LaCoO3 nanospheres at 1.60 V. These values were more than 4-6 times higher than that of bulk LaCoO3 compound (1.87 A/g). The OER performance of these perovskite-type LaCoO3 compounds was characterized using the Tafel equation, which showed the hollow nanospheres had the fastest kinetics among the three morphologies. The amorphous surface of these porous structures could contribute to the enhanced OER performance. The electrocatalytic and structural analysis results show the porous nanostructures with amorphous surface layers are important to achieve high activity toward OER for water splitting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10910-10917
Number of pages8
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 6 2017


  • Hydrothermal reaction
  • LaCoO
  • OER
  • Porous perovskite
  • Water splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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