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Glycerol oxidation reaction (GOR) coupled with hydrogen generation simultaneously is a promising strategy for developing sustainable energy conversion technologies, but the complexity of glycerol oxidation products and the high coupling hydrogen evolution potential limit its wide application. In this paper, a self-supported high-entropy selenide electrode can be fabricated via a simple hydrothermal process. Then, the prepared electrode as an advanced catalyst displays optimal catalytic activity (1.20 V at 10 mA·cm−2) and high selectivity for the formation of formate in GOR. The results show that the lattice distortion effect of high entropy materials composed of multiple elements is mainly responsible for the greatly improved catalytic activity and selectivity for GOR. Moreover, an advanced alkali-acid hybrid electrolytic cell was assembled that enables efficient energy-saving hydrogen generation and GOR simultaneously. Herein, the electrolyzer requires only 0.5 V applied voltage to reach 10 mA·cm−2 for hydrogen generation and maintains long-term operation stability.


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High-entropy selenides: A new platform for highly selective oxidation of glycerol to formate and energy-saving hydrogen evolution in alkali-acid hybrid electrolytic cell

Show Author's information Hu Yao1Yibo Wang2Yinan Zheng1Xin Yu1Junjie Ge2Yonghong Zhu3( )Xiaohui Guo1( )
Key Lab of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, The College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069, China
Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Changchun 130022, China
School of Chemical Engineering, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069, China

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Glycerol oxidation reaction (GOR) coupled with hydrogen generation simultaneously is a promising strategy for developing sustainable energy conversion technologies, but the complexity of glycerol oxidation products and the high coupling hydrogen evolution potential limit its wide application. In this paper, a self-supported high-entropy selenide electrode can be fabricated via a simple hydrothermal process. Then, the prepared electrode as an advanced catalyst displays optimal catalytic activity (1.20 V at 10 mA·cm−2) and high selectivity for the formation of formate in GOR. The results show that the lattice distortion effect of high entropy materials composed of multiple elements is mainly responsible for the greatly improved catalytic activity and selectivity for GOR. Moreover, an advanced alkali-acid hybrid electrolytic cell was assembled that enables efficient energy-saving hydrogen generation and GOR simultaneously. Herein, the electrolyzer requires only 0.5 V applied voltage to reach 10 mA·cm−2 for hydrogen generation and maintains long-term operation stability.

Keywords: activity, formate, lattice distortion, high-entropy selenides, glycerol oxidation reaction (GOR)

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Received: 13 April 2023
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This work was supported by the Key Projects of Intergovernmental International Cooperation in Key R&D Programs of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (No. 2021YFE0115800), the National Science Funding Committee of China (No. U20A20250), and the Science and Technology Committee of Shaanxi Province (No. 2020JZ-42).

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