Imperial College London

DrReshmaRao

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

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Wang T, Zhang Y, Huang B, Cai B, Rao RR, Giordano L, Sun S-G, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2021, Enhancing oxygen reduction electrocatalysis by tuning interfacial hydrogen bonds, NATURE CATALYSIS, Vol: 4, Pages: 753-762, ISSN: 2520-1158

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Corby S, Rao R, Steier L, Durrant Jet al., 2021, The kinetics of metal oxide photoanodesfrom charge generation to catalysis, Nature Reviews Materials, ISSN: 2058-8437

Generating charge carriers with lifetimes long enough to drive catalysis is a critical aspect for both photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic systems and a key determinant of their efficiency. This review addresses the charge carrier dynamics underlying the performance of metal oxides as photoanodes and their ability to drive photoelectrochemical water oxidation, alongside wider comparison with metal oxide function in photocatalytic and electrocatalytic systems. We start by highlighting the disparity between the ps–ns lifetimes of electron and holes photoexcited in bulk metal oxides versus the ms –s timescale of water oxidation catalysis. We go onto review recent literature of the dominant kinetic processes determining photoanode performance, namely charge generation, polaron formation and charge trapping, bulk and surface recombination, charge separation and extraction, and finally the kinetics of water oxidation catalysis. With each topic, we review current understanding and note areas of remaining uncertainty or controversy. We discuss the potential for material selection and examine approaches such as doping, nanostructuring, junction formation and/or co-catalyst deposition to enhance performance. Critically, we examine how such performance enhancements can be understood from analyses of carrier dynamics and propose design guidelines for further material or device optimisation.

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Hwang J, Rao RR, Giordano L, Akkiraju K, Wang XR, Crumlin EJ, Bluhm H, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2021, Regulating oxygen activity of perovskites to promote NOx oxidation and reduction kinetics, NATURE CATALYSIS, Vol: 4, Pages: 663-673, ISSN: 2520-1158

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Rao RR, Huang B, Katayama Y, Hwang J, Kawaguchi T, Lunger JR, Peng J, Zhang Y, Morinaga A, Zhou H, You H, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2021, pH- and Cation-Dependent Water Oxidation on Rutile RuO2(110), JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 125, Pages: 8195-8207, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Bucci A, Garcia-Tecedor M, Corby S, Rao RR, Martin-Diaconescu V, Oropeza FE, de la Pena O'Shea VA, Durrant JR, Gimenez S, Lloret-Fillol Jet al., 2021, Self-supported ultra-active NiO-based electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction by solution combustion, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, Vol: 9, Pages: 12700-12710, ISSN: 2050-7488

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Huang B, Myint KH, Wang Y, Zhang Y, Rao RR, Sun J, Muy S, Katayama Y, Garcia JC, Fraggedakis D, Grossman JC, Bazant MZ, Xu K, Willard AP, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2021, Cation-Dependent Interfacial Structures and Kinetics for Outer-Sphere Electron-Transfer Reactions, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 125, Pages: 4397-4411, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Rao RR, Stephens IEL, Durrant JR, 2021, Understanding What Controls the Rate of Electrochemical Oxygen Evolution, JOULE, Vol: 5, Pages: 16-18, ISSN: 2542-4351

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Katayama Y, Kubota R, Rao RR, Hwang J, Giordano L, Morinaga A, Okanishi T, Muroyama H, Matsui T, Shao-Horn Y, Eguchi Ket al., 2021, Direct Observation of Surface-Bound Intermediates during Methanol Oxidation on Platinum under Alkaline Conditions, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN: 1932-7447

Direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) using alkaline electrolytes are of interest due to the applicability of nonprecious metal-based materials for electrocatalysts. However, the lack of understanding of the methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) mechanism in alkaline media hinders the development of active catalysts for the MOR. In this work, ambient-pressure XPS and in situ surface-enhanced infrared spectroscopy were performed on the Pt surface in order to gain experimental insights into the reaction pathway for the MOR. We present a comprehensive reaction mechanism for the MOR in alkaline media and show that the MOR proceeds via two different pathways depending on the electrode potential. We confirmed the formation of partially hydrogenated CO adsorbates [HxCOad···(OH) (1 < x < 3)] via water and/or hydroxide ion-mediated dissociation of methanol. The HxCOad···(OH) species were further dehydrogenated to COad in the potential range of 0.40-0.60 VRHE and subsequently oxidized to CO2 by reactive OHad on the Pt surface at 0.65 VRHE (pathway I). Furthermore, H3C-Oad intermediates were observed at potentials higher than 0.9 VRHE, at which the MOR proceeds mainly via H3C-Oad instead of COad intermediates (pathway II). The oxidation current related to this conversion from H3C-Oad to CO2 (pathway II) dominates the overall MOR current, suggesting that the H3C-Oad pathway could be one of the keys to enhancing the MOR activity in an alkaline environment. Our findings pave the way toward a design strategy for MOR electrocatalysts with improved activity based on the experimental reaction mechanisms that have been identified.

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Mesa CA, Rao RR, Francas L, Corby S, Durrant JRet al., 2020, Reply to: Questioning the rate law in the analysis of water oxidation catalysis on haematite photoanodes, NATURE CHEMISTRY, Vol: 12, Pages: 1099-+, ISSN: 1755-4330

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Kawaguchi T, Rao RR, Lunger JR, Liu Y, Walko D, Karapetrova EA, Komanicky V, Shao-Horn Y, You Het al., 2020, Stern layers on RuO2 (100) and (110) in electrolyte: Surface X-ray scattering studies, JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, Vol: 875, ISSN: 1572-6657

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Rao RR, Tulodziecki M, Han B, Risch M, Abakumov A, Yu Y, Karayaylali P, Gauthier M, Escudero-Escribano M, Orikasa Y, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2020, Reactivity with Water and Bulk Ruthenium Redox of Lithium Ruthenate in Basic Solutions, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, Vol: 31, ISSN: 1616-301X

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Rao RR, Kolb MJ, Giordano L, Pedersen AF, Katayama Y, Hwang J, Mehta A, You H, Lunger JR, Zhou H, Halck NB, Vegge T, Chorkendorff I, Stephens IEL, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2020, Operando identification of site-dependent water oxidation activity on ruthenium dioxide single-crystal surfaces, NATURE CATALYSIS, Vol: 3, Pages: 516-525, ISSN: 2520-1158

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Escudero-Escribano M, Biegel CM, Kamat PV, 2020, Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research: A Virtual Issue, Part 2, ACS ENERGY LETTERS, Vol: 5, Pages: 623-633, ISSN: 2380-8195

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Hwang J, Feng Z, Charles N, Wang XR, Lee D, Stoerzinger KA, Muy S, Rao RR, Lee D, Jacobs R, Morgan D, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2019, Tuning perovskite oxides by strain: Electronic structure, properties, and functions in (electro)catalysis and ferroelectricity, MATERIALS TODAY, Vol: 31, Pages: 100-118, ISSN: 1369-7021

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Mezzavilla S, Katayama Y, Rao R, Hwang J, Regoutz A, Shao-Horn Y, Chorkendorff I, Stephens IELet al., 2019, Activity-or Lack Thereof-of RuO2-Based Electrodes in the Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 123, Pages: 17765-17773, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Katayama Y, Nattino F, Giordano L, Hwang J, Rao RR, Andreussi O, Marzari N, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2019, An In Situ Surface-Enhanced Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy Study of Electrochemical CO2 Reduction: Selectivity Dependence on Surface C-Bound and O-Bound Reaction Intermediates, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 123, Pages: 5951-5963, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Wei C, Rao RR, Peng J, Huang B, Stephens IEL, Risch M, Xu ZJ, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2019, Recommended Practices and Benchmark Activity for Hydrogen and Oxygen Electrocatalysis in Water Splitting and Fuel Cells, Advanced Materials, ISSN: 0935-9648

© 2019 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim Electrochemical energy storage by making H 2 an energy carrier from water splitting relies on four elementary reactions, i.e., the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Herein, the central objective is to recommend systematic protocols for activity measurements of these four reactions and benchmark activities for comparison, which is critical to facilitate the research and development of catalysts with high activity and stability. Details for the electrochemical cell setup, measurements, and data analysis used to quantify the kinetics of the HER, HOR, OER, and ORR in acidic and basic solutions are provided, and examples of state-of-the-art specific and mass activity of catalysts to date are given. First, the experimental setup is discussed to provide common guidelines for these reactions, including the cell design, reference electrode selection, counter electrode concerns, and working electrode preparation. Second, experimental protocols, including data collection and processing such as ohmic- and background-correction and catalyst surface area estimation, and practice for testing and comparing different classes of catalysts are recommended. Lastly, the specific and mass activity activities of some state-of-the-art catalysts are benchmarked to facilitate the comparison of catalyst activity for these four reactions across different laboratories.

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Zhu ZH, Strempfer J, Rao RR, Occhialini CA, Pelliciari J, Choi Y, Kawaguchi T, You H, Mitchell JF, Shao-Horn Y, Comin Ret al., 2019, Anomalous Antiferromagnetism in Metallic RuO2 Determined by Resonant X-ray Scattering, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, Vol: 122, ISSN: 0031-9007

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Stoerzinger KA, Wang XR, Hwang J, Rao RR, Hong WT, Rouleau CM, Lee D, Yu Y, Crumlin EJ, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2018, Speciation and Electronic Structure of La1-xSrxCoO3-delta During Oxygen Electrolysis, TOPICS IN CATALYSIS, Vol: 61, Pages: 2161-2174, ISSN: 1022-5528

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Hwang J, Rao RR, Katayama Y, Lee D, Wang XR, Crumlin E, Venkatesan T, Lee HN, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2018, CO2 Reactivity on Cobalt-Based Perovskites, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 122, Pages: 20391-20401, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Rao RR, Kolb MJ, Hwang J, Pedersen AF, Mehta A, You H, Stoerzinger KA, Feng Z, Zhou H, Bluhm H, Giordano L, Stephens IEL, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2018, Surface Orientation Dependent Water Dissociation on Rutile Ruthenium Dioxide, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 122, Pages: 17802-17811, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Roy C, Rao RR, Stoerzinger KA, Hwang J, Rossmeisl J, Chorkendorff I, Shao-Horn Y, Stephens IELet al., 2018, Trends in activity and dissolution on RuO2 under oxygen evolution conditions: particles versus well-defined extended surfaces, ACS Energy Letters, Vol: 3, Pages: 2045-2051, ISSN: 2380-8195

Rutile RuO2 catalysts are the most active pure metal oxides for oxygen evolution; however, they are also unstable toward dissolution. Herein, we study the catalytic activity and stability of oriented thin films of RuO2 with (111), (101), and (001) orientations, in comparison to a (110) single crystal and commercial nanoparticles. These surfaces were all tested in aqueous solutions of 0.05 M H2SO4. The initial catalyst activity ranked as follows: (001) > (101) > (111) ≈ (110). We complemented our activity data with inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy, to measure Ru dissolution products occurring in parallel to oxygen evolution. In contrast to earlier reports, we find that, under our experimental conditions, there is no correlation between the activity and stability.

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Katayama Y, Giordano L, Rao RR, Hwang J, Muroyama H, Matsui T, Eguchi K, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2018, Surface (Electro)chemistry of CO2 on Pt Surface: An in Situ Surface-Enhanced Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy Study, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 122, Pages: 12341-12349, ISSN: 1932-7447

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Kuznetsov DA, Han B, Yu Y, Rao RR, Hwang J, Roman-Leshkov Y, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2018, Tuning Redox Transitions via Inductive Effect in Metal Oxides and Complexes, and Implications in Oxygen Electrocatalysis, JOULE, Vol: 2, Pages: 225-244, ISSN: 2542-4351

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Stoerzinger KA, Hong WT, Wang XR, Rao RR, Subramanyam SB, Li C, Ariando, Venkatesan T, Liu Q, Crumlin EJ, Varanasi KK, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2017, Decreasing the Hydroxylation Affinity of La1-xSrxMnO3 Perovskites To Promote Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysis, CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, Vol: 29, Pages: 9990-9997, ISSN: 0897-4756

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Rao RM, Kolb MJ, Halck NB, Pedersen AF, Mehta A, You H, Stoerzinger KA, Feng Z, Hansen HA, Zhou H, Giordano L, Rossmeisl J, Vegge T, Chorkendorff I, Stephens IEL, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2017, Towards identifying the active sites on RuO2 (110) in catalyzing oxygen evolution, Energy and Environmental Science, Vol: 10, Pages: 2626-2637, ISSN: 1754-5692

While the surface atomic structure of RuO2 has been well studied in ultra high vacuum, much less is known about theinteraction between water and RuO2 in aqueous solution. In this work, in situ surface X-ray scattering measurementscombined with density functional theory (DFT) was used to determine the surface structural changes on single-crystalRuO2 (110) as a function of potential in acidic electrolyte. The redox peaks at 0.7, 1.1 and 1.4 V vs. reversible hydrogenelectrode (RHE) could be attributed to surface transitions associated with the successive deprotonation of -H2O on thecoordinatively unsaturated Ru sites (CUS) and hydrogen adsorbed to the bridging oxygen sites. At potentials relevant tothe oxygen evolution reaction (OER), an –OO species on the Ru CUS sites was detected, which was stabilized by aneighboring -OH group on the Ru CUS or bridge site. Combining potential-dependent surface structures with theirenergetics from DFT led to a new OER pathway, where the deprotonation of the -OH group used to stabilize –OO wasfound to be rate-limiting.

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Hwang J, Rao RR, Giordano L, Katayama Y, Yu Y, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2017, Perovskites in catalysis and electrocatalysis, SCIENCE, Vol: 358, Pages: 751-756, ISSN: 0036-8075

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Stoerzinger KA, Rao RR, Wang XR, Hong WT, Rouleau CM, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2017, The Role of Ru Redox in pH-Dependent Oxygen Evolution on Rutile Ruthenium Dioxide Surfaces, CHEM, Vol: 2, Pages: 668-675, ISSN: 2451-9294

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Stoerzinger KA, Diaz-Morales O, Kolb M, Rao RR, Frydendal R, Qiao L, Wang XR, Halck NB, Rossmeisl J, Hansen HA, Vegge T, Stephens IEL, Koper MTM, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2017, Orientation-Dependent Oxygen Evolution on RuO2 without Lattice Exchange, ACS ENERGY LETTERS, Vol: 2, Pages: 876-881, ISSN: 2380-8195

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Giordano L, Han B, Risch M, Hong WT, Rao RR, Stoerzinger KA, Shao-Horn Yet al., 2016, pH dependence of OER activity of oxides: Current and future perspectives, CATALYSIS TODAY, Vol: 262, Pages: 2-10, ISSN: 0920-5861

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