Nanostructured Ni-Fe-S Based Electrode for Hydrogen Production by Water Electrolysis
Patella, Bernardo
Carbone, Sonia
Oliveri, Luigi Roberto
Caruso, Massimo
Pellitteri, Filippo
Mandin, Philippe
Aiello, Giuseppe
Miceli, Rosario
Inguanta, Rosalinda

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Patella B., Carbone S., Oliveri L.R., Caruso M., Pellitteri F., Mandin P., Aiello G., Miceli R., Inguanta R., 2023, Nanostructured Ni-Fe-S Based Electrode for Hydrogen Production by Water Electrolysis, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 105, 37-42.


Green hydrogen is a real alternative to change the current energy system. Electrochemical water splitting is considered an attractive solution to convert and store the surplus of renewable energy sources. However, hydrogen production by water electrolysis is not economically sustainable due to the use of high noble metals as catalysts (generally platinum or palladium). In order to reduce costs, in this work we have synthesized a ternary alloy of nickel, iron and sulfur and used it as the cathode in an alkaline electrolyzer to produce hydrogen from water.
Furthermore, to increase the features of the proposed alloy, this material was synthesized into the pore of a polycarbonate membrane to obtain a nanostructured electrode that exposes a very high surface area to the solution and consequently a large number of electrocatalytic active sites. The electrode fabrication was carried out by potential-controlled pulsed electrochemical deposition where the potential switch from -0.45 V to -1.3 V vs. SCE for 60 cycles. The electrode was characterized by SEM and EDS showing the nanostructured nature and the composition of the electrode. Then it was tested as the cathode in an alkaline electrolyzer (30% KOH) at room temperature. Preliminary results show that the addition of sulfur to the alloy permits to increase in the electrode features compared to the binary alloy of nickel and iron.